How Do You Know When Your Roof Needs to be Replaced?
More than 75% of homes in America have asphalt roof shingles installed on them. But how do you know when your roof needs to be replaced?
While asphalt shingles come in many names, styles, and colors, the majority of roofs have either a 25-year or 30-year shingle.
A 25-year shingle is the standard older 3-tab shingle from the past. The 30-year shingle is architectural or laminated, meaning it has an additional layer laminated on top. This laminated layer gives the 30-year shingle extra strength.
However, the descriptors 25 and 30 year shingles are a bit of a misnomer, at least for Texans. The weather in Texas is too harsh for an asphalt shingle to last 25 years. It is more common that a 30-year roof may only last 15 to 20 years.
Why is this the case, you say? Well, let’s dive into the 8 reasons why your roof may need replacing.
Hail damage is the number one reason why Texans get so many roofs each year. Storm damage is a big deal in Texas. About 28% of all insurance claims for hail damage come from Texas.
The amount of damage will determine whether you need replacement or if roof repairs will be satisfactory.
Remember, your insurance company always wants to do the cheapest option for them rather than what’s best for you. That is why it is crucial to have a professional roofing company meet with the adjuster at the inspection.
Fortunately, most adjusters are honest and fair, but they still must submit the damages for claim approval. In this author’s experience, if a roofer is onsite during the inspection, more damages are discovered and paid without further hassle.
25-year or 3-tab shingles often fall victim to curling as they age. Even a 30-year shingle can curl, but it is less likely to happen.
Curled shingles are often a sign of poor ventilation. The entrapment of excessive heat and moisture from poor attic ventilation can cause premature failure of the shingles. This constant wet/dry cycle puts undue stress on the asphalt material.
NOTE: Be sure to have your roofing professional install proper ventilation on your home.
Cracked, Brittle Shingles
An old roof will show signs that it needs replacement in several ways, but cracking brittle shingles is the most common.
When inspecting older roofs for repairs, we always take into consideration the brittleness of a shingle. Shingles that are too brittle may not be able to be repaired. During the repair process, many other shingles will damage. A small patch grows into a much more extensive repair.
Insurance companies will complete a brittle test for any questionable shingles with storm damage. The results of this test will determine if the shingles can be repaired or to estimate for roof replacement.
Creased or Missing Shingles
Texas storms bring Texas-sized winds gusting over 60 mph. Strong wind like that can cause roof damage.
Blown off shingles, vents, and creased or lifted shingles are all caused by wind damage. The older the roof, the more acceptable the shingles are to wind damage.
Missing shingles and blown off vents are an easy diagnosis from the ground, but lifted and creased shingles, are more challenging to see.
It is best to call a roofing professional after heavy winds for an inspection if your roof is older than 8-10 years. If repairs are needed, a quality roofing company should provide a free inspection at the time of the repair.
Wind damage insurance claims pay for roof repairs and replacements. So, it is always good to make sure that there isn’t a chance for insurance to foot the most considerable portion of the bill for you.
Discolored or Streaking Roof Shingles
Shingles that have heavy streaking or are highly discolored may need the roof replaced. Blue-green algae are the cause of the unsightly shingles.
If left unattended, then the blue-green algae will slowly consume the limestone used in the shingle. The shingles will deteriorate and need replacement.
However, if you react to the algae issues early enough, then you can use a cleaning solution to effectively remove the algae from the roof. You can request this service from most roofing companies, or it is an easy DIY project, providing your roof is not too steep.
Granule loss is when the small stone-like particles on the shingle come off, and this can happen for a multitude of reasons. The easiest way to see if this is occurring is to look for granules in your gutter troughs and where your downspout empties.
Some granule loss will generally occur over time, so if it looks excessive, then it probably is excessive. However, it is not uncommon to find granules after the first installation of the roof.
If your roof is older and you see heavy granule loss, then you need your roof inspected. The granules do not only add extra protection from hail and the elements, but it is also responsible for the energy efficiency of the roof shingle.
Seeing significant granule loss is cause for alarm. Call your trusted roofing company for an inspection to determine if your shingles have lost too many granules to continue to offer you proper roof protection.
Poorly Done Repairs
We see, almost weekly, the results of poorly done roofing repairs. It is never a pleasant sight. Bad repairs lead to significant damages from rot and mold.
DIY jobs gone wrong or bad “roofers” create a false sense of security when they complete what they think is a proper repair. But, when six months later, the ceiling falls through, the security blanket is swiftly pulled.
It is important to do intensive research before attempting a DIY project. Likewise, when hiring any roofer, it is imperative to make sure they are reliable and reputable.
Upgrade to a Better Roof
If your roof is over ten years old, it may make sense to think about an upgrade. The older the roof is, the better it is to go ahead and get it upgraded. Of course, it is best to upgrade when your roof need to be replaced from storm damage.
Metal roofing is an incredibly durable and long-lasting roofing system. However, if you want the roof for its gorgeous looks, then be sure your insurance policy does not include a cosmetic waiver. With a cosmetic waiver, your roof will not be replaced in the event of a hail storm if the damage is deemed cosmetic. No one wants the house with the golf ball-like dimpled roof.
Class IV Shingles
Class IV asphalt shingle roofs are an excellent upgrade. They will add extra protection from harsh storms and hail while providing you with a nice discount on your home owner’s insurance premium.
Many shingles qualify for Class IV discounts like 50-year shingles and luxury roofing shingles. Your upgrade can equal added protection, superior design, and insurance discounts. That’s what we like to call a win/win… win situation.
Contact your roofing company to learn about more options for your home. Some roofing systems are better suited for specific architectures.
When Your Roof Needs Replaced – The Sum Up
When it is time to get your leaky roof repaired or replaced, be sure to call a reputable roofing company like Baker Roofing & Construction. Your roof accounts for 60% of your curb appeal and provides 75% of your home’s protection. Your top priority is getting the best roof for your home correctly installed.
Upgrade your new roof with financing with one of Baker Roofing’s lenders. We work with several lenders to be able to find accommodations for most applicants. Finance your roof, your new kitchen or replacement windows.Back to Blog