When thinking about regular home maintenance, people often overlook their roof. It’s designed to protect your home from the elements and easily lasts decades before showing any signs of disrepair. However, if your roof is already 25 or more years old, it may be time to call a roofing contractor for some much needed repair or replacement.
So what if you don’t know how old your home’s roof is? How can you know that it’s fast approaching the end of its life span? First, there’s no substitute for a professional inspection. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to see a few obvious signs of aging on your own. NorthWest Construction shares a few symptoms that you should look out for.
Damaged or Missing Shingles
Missing shingles can easily be handled by a roof repair expert, but the hardest part is actually matching the color of the replacement with the old ones. Weathering and constant exposure to the sun degrades color so significantly, it can be difficult to match colors. Replacing one or two damaged or missing shingles is no big deal but when your roof begins to look like poorly drawn patchwork, you’ll be better off with a complete replacement.
Asphalt in the Gutters
You can expect grains of asphalt being washed down in the gutter following a new roof installation and this is not a problem. However, if you see the same asphalt granules in your gutters from an aging roof, it’s a sure sign of deterioration. Without the asphalt covering the surface, you can expect the shingles to follow. Granules falling off your roof is a sign that it’s pretty much halfway through its lifespan already.
This kind of problem should be addressed while it’s still small and easily contained. It’s not necessarily a sign of an aging roof, but sagging can easily cause immediate disrepair if left untreated. Your only recourse to address this issue is to call in for professional help.
Get the Professional Help You Need
NorthWest Construction offers excellent roof and gutters repair services no matter the age of your roof. Call us today at (313) 277-7676 to get a quote, completely free and with no obligations. We serve clients in Bloomfield, Dearborn, and Taylor, MI.