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How to Tell If You Need a New Roofing System

Aug 28, 2017

The roofing system is the biggest component of your home, and it will eventually need replacement. As this can be a costly endeavor, it is important to determine what you actually need. Here’s how to tell if it’s time for a new roof or if you just need to make some repairs.

Roofing System

Granule Loss

An excessive amount of shingle granules in your gutter points to granule loss. This could be a sign of hail damage or simply that your shingles have reached the end of their lifespan. Having bits of the roof in your gutters is a surefire way to tell if you need a new roof sooner rather than later.

Missing Shingles

Missing shingles could be a clue that the sealant has lost its strength and no longer bonds shingles together. Experienced roofers will tell you that these can sometimes be replaced depending on the age and overall condition of the roof.

Curling

An improperly vented attic can trap extreme heat and moisture underneath the shingle, causing the roof shingles to curl. If you see that your shingles are dry or practically break when touched, that means they have reached the end of their useful life, and it’s time to invest in a new roof.

Damaged Flashing

Flashing bridges gaps between roofing materials and walls, valleys or roof projections. However, they can become dislodged or damaged by wind and ice, allowing water to infiltrate your home.

Moss And Algae Growth

Moss traps moisture on the surface of roofing materials and speeds deterioration. Algae growth feeds on the limestone contained in asphalt shingles and leaves behind dark stains. This doesn’t mean you need to replace your roof, but these stains can significantly reduce curb appeal.

With proper upkeep and regular inspections, you can stay on top of issues that could cause further damage to your home. Roger’s Roofing is the area’s premier source of roofing services. We serve Orland Park, IL, as well as other nearby areas, such as Crown Point, IN, and Northwest Indiana. Call us at (219) 933-9145 and (773) 768-3022.