You’ve noticed some signs of wear and tear, and you’re wondering: Do I really need to replace my whole roof? Or can I get by with just a few strategic repairs? Ask yourself these questions to find out for sure.
- How old is my roof? This is possibly the most pertinent factor in whether or not it’s time for a new roof. No matter how great a job your previous roofers did, no roof lasts forever. Check this list of material categories against the age of your current roof:
- ASPHALT SHINGLES… between 15 to 20 years
- METAL… between 40 and 80 years, depending on exact type
- WOOD SHINGLES… around 25 years
- CLAY OR CONCRETE TILE… around 50 years
- SLATE… around 60 years
- Have you noticed damage to the exterior? Pay attention to wood or asphalt shingles that are curled, buckled, warped, or even completely missing. If your roof is made of slate, metal, clay, or concrete, look out for any spots that appear thin, cracked, dented, or worn—as well as any potential missing pieces.
- How are the most vulnerable spots on your roof holding up? Here in the Sunshine State, it’s especially pertinent to keep a close eye on all the areas on your roof that are most prone to weather damage. Think: the slopes of the roof, which receive extra direct sunlight, as well as valleys (i.e. the places where the slopes meet, which are also often where your gutters will be placed).
- Are portions of your roof looking greener than usual? While vegetation setting up shop on your roof may not necessitate a full replacement, it does indicate the need for a cleaning at the very least. Watch out for black or blue-green streaks running down the slopes of your roof (a sign of algae that’s feeding on the limestone in your shingles) or for slow-growing moss (which can become a home for bugs and other pests).
Are you still unsure how much work is really needed? Call Proformance Roofing today at 833-467-7635 to set up an inspection. We’ll make sure your roof stays safe, functional, and aesthetically pleasing—without you having to shell out for unnecessary upgrades and services.