Your home is the structure that protects you and your belongings from the elements. An important part of its ability to provide this protection depends on how well your roof is maintained. Unfortunately, even the best maintenance won’t extend your roof’s life forever. Eventually, it’ll be time for a replacement. Here are some key indicators that replacement might be in the near future:

Missing or Damaged Shingles

Mother Nature often packs more of a punch than even the BEST roof can handle. A few lifted or missing shingles, while requiring repair, won’t necessitate an entire roof replacement. Extensive damage, such as curled, buckled, or missing shingles could possibly make a full replacement necessary.

You may be able to see some of these problems from the ground, but it’s always advisable to have a full inspection completed by a certified professional roofer if you suspect roof damage.

Debris in the Gutters

Asphalt shingles may lose some of their granulated coatings over time. The small granules look like tiny pebbles and can get caught in your roof’s drainage system. Check the areas around downspouts regularly to ensure that there are no roofing particles present.

Contact a reputable roofer to have your roof inspected if you see this type of damage. The loss of the granules means your roof isn’t as efficient as it should be, and it may be time to replace it.

Advanced Age

No matter how well a roof is maintained, it’s going to reach the end of its life expectancy eventually.  An old roof is typically less efficient, more prone to leaks, and less able to provide the protection your home needs.  Asphalt shingles can last 25 years, or even longer, but once it’s past its prime, there’s no other option than to have it replaced.

You may notice leaks, higher utility bills, and other issues when your roof has become too old to do its job.  It’s important to speak with an experienced roofer to determine whether your roof needs to be repaired or completely replaced.