Posted on: 10 January 2018
Your home's roof is exposed to a massive amount of stress due to the weather conditions that it has to withstand, which can cause a serious degradation of your roofing materials over time. A worn or damaged roof will greatly increase the chances that water will find its way into your home, where it can cause extensive structural damage and contribute to mold and mildew growth. Fortunately, there are a few signs of a worn-out roof that you can keep an eye out for to determine when you should contact a roofing contractor to repair certain sections or replace your entire roof.
An extremely easy to notice sign that your roof has begun to degrade is if you notice excessive staining over large sections of your roof. This points to moisture buildup which has contributed to algae or moss growth on your shingles, which will hold onto a great deal of water and increase the amount of wear that your roof experiences, while also increasing the likelihood of a leak developing. While this growth can be cleaned off of your shingles, it's important to note that excessive growth can cause serious damage to your shingles, and even when the algae has been removed the shingles may be in need of complete replacement.
Another fairly clear indication that your roof may be in need of repair or replacement is if you notice that there are lots of black granules collecting in your garden and in your gutter systems. These granules are part of your asphalt shingles, and will wear away normally as the shingles age and water runs over them. However, large amounts of collected granules means that your shingles have become extremely worn, and are likely at risk of becoming broken or otherwise damaged.
Missing or Damaged Shingles
Finally, the most obvious sign that you need to consider replacing or repairing your roof is if there are certain sections of missing shingles on your roof, since this opens a direct pathway for the elements to enter your home. You should also keep an eye on the shingles that remain for signs of damage, like cracking, curling, or splitting, or any other form of structural degradation. While it may be tempting to save money by replacing only the sections that are missing or damaged, you should consider replacing the entire roof: while only certain sections have failed, other sections are likely near the end of their lifespan as well.
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