Signs You Must Replace Your Shingle Roof

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A damaged roof doesn't always have to be replaced; there are various forms of roof repairs that can save damaged roofs. However, there are also situations where the damage is so critical and extensive that nothing but a replacement can help. Here are a few examples of such situations.

Most of the Shingles Are Damaged

This is one of the most obvious reasons for replacing a roof; after all, it's the shingles that make the roof, and if most of them are damaged, it makes sense that a replacement is in order. Here are some of the shingle damages that may call for a replacement:

  • Most of the shingles are curling and buckling (there is little you can do to flatten them)
  • Your roof is missing most of its shingles, say after a storm
  • The shingles are there on the roof alright, but they are missing their granules – that you can see in your gutters
  • There are numerous cracked shingles all over the roof

Serious Water Damage

Water damage is usually not a problem that is solved by roof replacement. In most cases, you can just replace the missing shingle or flashing or carry out other repairs that can plug the leak. However, you should know you have a roof replacement coming up if the water damage is serious and ongoing. This may be the case, for example, if the roof has been damaged in a storm or is so aged that most of its parts are leaking.

The Roof is Sagging

Even if all the shingles on your roof are intact and whole, you will need to replace your roof if the current one is sagging. A sagging roof signifies that there is something seriously wrong with the structural support on the roof (trusses and joists) or with the roof deck. This may happen on an aging roof with weak materials, a roof that has been damaged by water or a roof that cannot handle the weight it is being asked to handle.

Aging Roof Showing Signs Of Its Age

Lastly, you should also consider replacing your roof if it is aged and it is showing signs of its age. For example, asphalt shingle roofs are expected to last between 20 to 25 years. Therefore, if our roof has clocked over two decades, then you should prepare to replace it, especially if it is showing signs of aging such as shingle damage, leaks, cracks, curling, and loss of granules.

For more information, contact a company like Surface Shield Protective Coatings.

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