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Your roof is one of the most important parts of your house. When working effectively, it protects the rest of your home from water damage and being exposed to the elements. Several easily observable warning signs indicate your roof is wearing out and that you can expect future leaks and trouble down the road. When these signs start presenting themselves, it’s a good idea to replace or repair your roof as soon as possible. Here are four signs from Express Roofing that you should look out for. Reach out to us today for reliable roofing!

Old shingles on the roof of a home.

Age

Age is a critical factor to consider when deciding whether you want simple repairs or a complete overhaul. Unfortunately, asphalt shingles often don’t attain age the way warranties may indicate. Most old-style house shingles start to collapse after 14 years. If your shingles are between 18 to 20 years of age, it’s time to consider a replacement. However, if the roof is 20 years old but no indication of wear and tear, a replacement may not be necessary.

Roof granules in the gutter of a home.

There Are Granules Everywhere

It is normal for shingles to lose some granules into your gutters, especially when the roof is newly installed. However, if the granules are missing on the shingles’ surfaces, the asphalt or fiberglass mark below may become exposed, reducing the life of the roof. On older shingles, some sections of missing granules mean it might be time you replaced the roof. The loss of granules does not affect the waterproofing of the roof, so if they fall off, you may not necessarily have a leaky roof. However, granules do protect the asphalt from UV damage.

Moss growth on the roof of a home.

Mold Or Moss Have Taken Over

When mold or moss grows on shingles, it doesn’t necessarily mean the roof is old or worn out, especially if the growth is one area only. In most cases, the affected shingles can be cleaned to eliminate the moss or mold. Nonetheless, if moss or mold grows is widespread and has continued for a period, the shingles could be affected. The growth may get under the shingles and start to lift them, which could affect how your roof drains, potentially leading to leaks.

Curling shingles on the roof of a home.

Curling or Buckling Shingles

Curling will occur if the asphalt in the shingles becomes dry and shrinks over time if they were improperly fastened poorly ventilated roofs or lack a back-coating on the shingles. Curling occurs more commonly in organic shingles and could begin at the bottom edge of the shingle. In addition, buckling could necessitate a repair. The issue arises if a new layer of shingles is placed over an old one or a wrinkled underlayment. If buckling is left unattended, the shingles could crack and tear, causing leaks and rotting.

Reach out to Express Roofing for a New Roof Today!

If your roof is ready for a new installation, these four signs may be present. If so, reach out to our experienced team at Express Roofing for new roof installation today!