If replacing your roof in Chicago has been on the bottom of your to-do list for far too long, it may finally be time to bump it up to the top. If your roof is over 20 years old, it needs to be examined by a professional to see if there are serious and pressing issues that warrant immediate attention.
A professional roofer will be able to tell you:
- All of the existing issues with your roof.
- Which issues require attention and how much time you have before they cause permanent damage.
- If your roof needs repaired or replaced.
There are a few telltale signs that you can look for that will alert you that it’s time to call a professional. Go out into your yard and look up at your roof. Notice any places that draw your attention; any irregularities. Your roof should look uniform and all it should be one color and texture. If there are any areas that aren’t, they need to be inspected.
Curled edges on your shingles
One of the first things to look for is curling edges on the shingles. All of your shingles should lie flat and smooth. None of them should buckle and they should all overlap one another symmetrically. The purpose of shingles is to protect your roof from moisture and damage. Once the edges start to curl, the shingles will no longer be adequately protecting your home and new ones need to take their place.
Cracked shingles are a sign that your roof is getting old and a new one is in order. The shingles that are made today are engineered for durability and can last much longer than the ones from decades ago. When shingles become old, they begin to get brittle and break. The cracks that remain let in moisture and, if not repaired, will cause permanent damage to the wood underneath.
Through the years of harsh weather, fierce winds, ice-coverings, and falling tree limbs, your roof can take a beating. Shingles can get blown off, torn off, or loosened and eventually are no longer functional. Missing shingles are no longer protecting your roof and if you see absent shingles on your roof, it is evidence that prompt action is required. It won’t be long before the damage is done and your entire roof needs replaced.
Shingles are covered with a layer of granules that serve to protect the asphalt coating from UV rays, to provide fire resistance and they make the roof visually attractive. If you notice that your shingles are not “sparkly” in spots it is because the shingles have lost their granular coating. This will cause dark spots in places.
You might begin to observe granules in the rain gutter, as well. Shingles begin to lose more and more granules at the end of their life so this is a good indication that your shingles are no longer ”aging gracefully”.
Moss growth on or between your shingles can be a sign for concern. Moss is not just unsightly and detracts from the beauty of your roof. Moss holds moisture near the roof and can cause rotting and damage to the surface. Moss removal can further damage your roof and you should consider hiring a professional roofing contractor to remove it.
Let Best 4 U Roofing inspect your roof for any issues that may cause further damage. We offer top-quality roofs at a very reasonable price. Fill out our online contact form or call for an appointment today.