Your roof is a crucial component of your home, offering protection and structural integrity. Knowing when to replace a roof is critical for maintaining a safe living environment. Here are three warning signs you can look out for:
Missing or Damaged Shingles
One of the most visible signs you need a new roof is missing shingles. A roof with gasp exposes the underlying structure to water damage and other environmental elements. Moreover, if you notice your shingles are starting to crack, cup, curl, or claw, these are indicators of an aging roof that may need replacement.
Grit in the Gutters
Another often overlooked sign is the presence of grit granules in your gutters. These granules on asphalt shingles provide protection from UV rays and improve water shedding properties. Over time, these granules can become loose and end up in your gutters. While it’s natural for some grit to end up in the gutters, watch for an excessive amount, as this could indicate that your shingles are losing their effectiveness and may need replacing.
Excessive Energy Costs
If you’ve noticed a recent spike in your energy bills, this could be due to an inefficient roof that’s no longer capable of properly insulating your home. A damaged or aging roof allows heat to escape during the winter and lets in heat during the summer, resulting in higher heating and cooling bills. Replacing your roof can dramatically improve your home’s energy efficiency, reducing monthly costs.
Other Determining Factors
The age of your roof is also a crucial factor to consider. Most asphalt shingle roofs last around 20-25 years. If your roof is approaching this age, it may be time to think about a replacement.
Another sign is water damage like water spots on your walls or ceilings. Even a small roof leak can quickly turn into a much larger and more serious problem and should be dealt with as quickly as possible.
Missing or damaged shingles, grit in the gutters, and excessive energy costs are warning signs that you need a new roof. If you encounter any of these indicators, consult a roofing professional for an assessment to discuss how often to replace your roof.
Schedule a Professional Roof Inspection
When it’s time to schedule a roof inspection, you can trust the experts here at Gresham Roofing. We are a third generation, family-owned company that has proudly served the Portland Metro, Vancouver, Salem, and Oregon Coast areas, including PDX, Lake Oswego, Tualatin, and Camas since 1968. With over 50 years of expertise, we offer a comprehensive range of roofing services to both residential and commercial customers. We offer maintenance, repairs, and 24-hour emergency services to keep your roof in optimal condition. Our experienced team is committed to delivering quality and value, making us your go-to for any and all roofing needs. As a manufacturer-approved installer for major brands, all or our installations come with a full warranty.