How do you know when it’s time to replace your roof?

When it comes to protecting your home from the elements, nothing is more important than your roof. Although your roof seems indestructible, one day, it will need to be replaced, and if you want to continue to enjoy the protection it provides, you’ll need to get it replaced promptly. But how do you know when to replace your roof instead of just getting it repaired? Here are a few signs that it’s time to invest in roof replacement in Hilton Head:

#1. Your roof is over 20 years old.

There are many factors that can determine how long your roof will last, including the materials used, if your roof is properly ventilated or not, how well you’ve cared for your roof, how many layers of shingles it has, etc. However, in general, if you have a shingle roof, you can expect it to last for approximately 20 to 25 years. Once your roof reaches the age of 20, putting your hard-earned money into repairing a roof that will just need to be replaced in a few short years just doesn’t make sense anymore. If your roof is getting up there in age, have a roofer come out and take a look. They’ll be able to help you determine how many years your roof may have left.

#2. Your shingles are cracked, missing, curling or buckling.

Your roof’s shingles are essential for protecting it from the wind, ice, rain, etc, but there are many things that can compromise them. For example, when the sun beats down on your shingles, it can cause them to dry out and start to curl or crack. When the shingles curl, heavy wind could pick them up and pull them off of your roof. When the singles start to crack, it makes your roof susceptible to leaks. Regardless of what is compromising your shingles, without them in place and intact, it puts your roof at risk, and it’s a sure sign that you’ll need to replace your roof in the near future.

#3. You’ve found shingle granules in your gutters.

When you cleaned your gutters out last, did you notice a build-up of shingle granules inside of them? If so, it might be time to replace your roof. While it’s normal to find a few granules in your gutters, if it’s excessive, your roof might be reaching the end of its life. Towards the end of its lifecycle, it’s common for a roof to start shedding shingle granules at a faster rate. If you don’t have granules in your gutters, but you’ve noticed that the color of your roof is inconsistent, or there are darker spots on your roof, there’s a good chance that some granules have been worn away.

These are just a few of the many signs that indicate the need for a new roof, and in our next blog, we’ll be going over a few more. Stay tuned for our next blog to learn more, and if you think your roof is in need of replacement, give us a call today!