If your shingled roof still looks good 25 years later, all is well, right? Unfortunately, that assumption may not be true. Your roof may look watertight from the ground, but a walking inspection shouldn’t be the deciding factor, especially if your current shingles have outlived their life expectancy. Your roof came with a manufacturer’s recommendation of how long it should last before needing to be replaced. You may not have this information, however, unless you purchased a new construction home. For this reason, it’s helpful to have a professional roofer to inspect shingles from time to time. Here’s what they’ll look for.
Shingles That Are Bent or Broken
A bent or broken shingle is one that needs to be replaced. If you have several, it’s probably time for a roof replacement. Many elements contribute to broken or bent shingles, including:
- High winds
- Torrential Rain
- Tree Limbs and Branches
- Extreme Changes in Weather
Shingles that have blown away offer nothing in the way of protection for your home. If you see areas of your roof where shingles are simply gone, call in a professional right away. Odds are your roof is leaking into the attic, walls, and insulation of your home, causing more damage each time a storm blows through.
Bits and Pieces of Shingles Lying on the Ground or Littering the Rain Gutters
If your shingles are falling apart due to age, you may find debris around the roofline of your home or in your rain gutters. Debris includes granules and asphalt pieces that have been washed away over time.
Shingles That Show Mold or Plant Growth
Algae and other plant growth on your roof may contribute to trapped moisture, causing mold and mildew to grow and shingles to fail. If you notice plant growth on your shingles, brush or rinse it away immediately. If it’s substantial, call a roofer.
Shingles That Are Blistered or Buckled
Blistering may be caused by extreme sun exposure, poor ventilation in the attic, a manufacturer defect, or simple aging. If you notice a lot of your shingles are blistering, it’s time to replace them. Buckling or bending is a second issue that typically happens when shingles are nearing the end of their shelf life. For blistered or buckled shingles, the only solution is replacement.
Take the Next Step!
If you think it’s time for roof repair or replacement in the Gainesville area, contact Perry Roofing. For over 40 years, Perry Roofing has proudly served the residents and business owners of North-Central Florida with professionalism and gratitude. If you need an inspection, repair, or replacement of an aging roof, call Perry Roofing today.