Have you looked at your roof lately? You should take a peek to see how it’s doing periodically to ensure that it is in great condition. F and A Roofing are your roofing experts in Union County and can handle any of your roofing needs! Read on to find out what to look for in your roof, and how to know if it needs to be replaced.
The first thing you should check is the age of your roof. Obviously you can’t tell this just by looking, but you may remember the last time you installed a new roof, or you may have documents from the previous owners that can tell you the age of the roof. Most experts agree that shingle roofs last between 20 and 25 years, and if your roof is older than that, you should have it looked at by one of our experts.
An aging roof combined with the heat of the sun can eventually cause roof shingles to curl. These curled shingles introduce more problems, as they are very susceptible to wind damage and moisture creeping in. The curled edges can easily break off, compromising the integrity of the roof. If you see curling shingles on your roof, it is time to call in the professionals.
If you are missing shingles, or whole sections of shingles, this is a sure sign that something is wrong. When shingles are missing, or broken, they open up areas where moisture can get into your home. Excessive wind is often a cause of missing shingles. If you have missing shingles, you may need to think about replacing your roof.
If you look up at your home and see a wavy pattern in the shingles, that is called buckling and it’s not a good sign. These distortions usually run vertically up a roof slope, and are very susceptible to wind and ice damage, and can quickly become missing shingles if they aren’t addressed. An aging roof can lead to shingles buckling, as can wet or poorly installed underlayment. All of these factors are cause to consider a new roof.
Maybe you aren’t missing whole shingles, but there are worn areas on your roof where water has eroded the granules. This can be caused by a poor gutter system that causes a waterfall effect from an upper roof to a lower roof. Constant water flow can erode the shingles and render them ineffective at protecting your home. The granules on the shingles act as the outermost layer of protection for your roof, and when they are lost the shingles become susceptible to sun damage. This sun damage leads to brittleness, and will accelerate the decay of your roof. If you see worn areas on your roof get them evaluated.
If any of these conditions are present on your roof, it’s time to call in the professionals. F and A Roofing in Union County would love to use our years of roofing experience to help you. For all of your roofing repair and replacement needs, contact us today!