A secure roof is a fundamental element of any home. The roof protects the structure from leaks, the sun and harmful UV rays, and other dangers. Your home’s roof also protects your valuables and keeps the rain, snow, and other elements from entering the home. Although the roof should last many years, trouble can strike before you know what’s happened. Know the signs of roof trouble and call a professional if you notice them.
Cupping and clawing shingles are signs of weathering. Both are also known as ‘curling’ and are a sign of roof problems. Once you notice curling, the roof may last another one to five years depending on the severity of the problem and other factors. It is a good idea to call a roofer to replace the roof if you notice a lot of shingles curling. Don’t invest your money into costly repairs when you should just have your roof replaced.
The Age of the Roof
Asphalt shingles, the most popular roofing material used on homes today, last between 20 and 25 years. Some may last as long as 30-years if they’re well-maintained architectural shingles. If the roof on your home is nearing the 20th birthday or has passed the mark, replacing the structure will prevent leaks and other damages before they occur.
Wind usually causes cracked shingles. If just a couple of shingles have small cracks, it is worth replacing the individual shingles. But if the cracking isn’t isolated to a single area and there are more damaged than non-damaged, it is best to replace your entire roof.
Loose & Missing Shingles
Although you can replace missing shingles, it is almost impossible to match a new shingle to the older shingle. Over time, weather, water, and the sun will affect the color of the shingles on the roof. Patchwork jobs suffice for a while, but when the roof begins looking more like a puzzle, it’s time to replace.
Don’t Ignore The Signs of Roof Trouble
Your roof is the most valuable component of your home. It provides shelter from the elements and keeps your structure sound and your family safe. If these signs of roof trouble are present at your home, call a roofing professional for an estimate. Delaying roof repairs or a new roof is only asking for trouble; don’t make that mistake. The sooner you call a professional, the sooner you’ll enjoy worry-free, comfortable living again.
Walton Inspection Services serves Murrells Inlet, South Carolina and the surrounding areas with home inspections for home buyers, home sellers, or current homeowners. Contact us to book an appointment.