Do you own a home with a roof that's getting to be past its prime? Are you wondering if it's time to replace your roof or if you still have some time left? Since it's something that's supposed to last decades, replacing your roof is obviously something that doesn't come cheap. It's understandable that you'd want as much time as possible to save up before replacing the roof. However, some signs that you need to replace your roof as soon as possible include:
Fallen shingles: Strong winds can sometimes tear off even relatively new shingles, so this isn't always the best method of telling whether or not you are in need of a roof replacement. But if you have shingles come off even when it's relatively calm or if more than just a couple of shingles come off at once, then there's a good chance that your roof needs to be replaced. If you have shingles that come loose and are accompanied by one of the other signs listed here, then you definitely need to have your roof replaced as soon as possible.
Missing granules: Asphalt shingles are covered in small colored particles. Not only do these small granules give the roof its color, they also serve to protect the asphalt from the effects of the sun. Over time, these granules will start to loosen and wash or blow away, causing the shingle to darken in color and to become unprotected. If your roof has patches that are darker than the rest of your roof, you may need an expert to tell you whether this is harmless algae growth or whether it's a result of damaged shingles and a sign that you are in need of a roof replacement as soon as possible.
Curling shingles: Curled shingles can sometimes be a localized effect. The heat of your home's furnace, escaping through a damaged vent in the attic, for instance, may cause some of your roof's shingles to curl up. If your shingles are curled in a relatively small area, fixing the underlying cause and replacing the damaged shingles may be all that is necessary. But shingles can also start to curl simply due to old age. Sun damage, sometimes caused by missing granules, can result in shingles that start to curl across a wide area of your roof. Total roof replacement is a likely necessity when the curling is a widespread phenomenon across much of your roof.