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July 12, 2017

Is it Time to Replace Your Roof?

You likely do not give much thought to your roof until something goes wrong. Save yourself the stress of a leak or an issue that goes unseen by knowing the signs that it may be time to replace the roof. If caught early enough, these signs can be nipped in the bud and prevent serious damage or a premature roof replacement.

Your Roof is nearing the big 3-0
Most shingles’ useful life is between 20 and 30 years. When your roof approaches this age, it is time to consider a replacement. If you do not know how old your roofing material is, watch your neighbors. When the houses around you begin to replace their roofs, it is likely that your roof is a similar age because the homes were built around the same time.

Your shingles are cracked, curling, or missing
When your shingles begin to look unsightly, the problem goes deeper than a poor appeal to the eye. Failing or missing shingles are generally a sign of a deteriorating roof and often lead to leaks or further damage to your home. If these issues are isolated to individual shingles, it is possible to repair those specific tiles instead of repairing the entire roof. However, if the problem spans a great deal of the roof, it is time to replace.

Alternatively, you may notice dark spots developing or moss growing on your roof. Fortunately, this is typically not a reason to replace the roof. Instead, it is a sign that your roof endures too much moisture without sufficient sunlight. This generally requires a simple cleaning rather than a full replacement.

Granules are gone
It is common for shingles to shed granules soon after being installed, but if the shedding continues later in the roof’s lifetime, it could be a sign of a problem. If you notice large deposits of granules in gutters or at the end of downspouts, a new roof may be on the horizon. Once the granules begin to fade away, the aging process for your roof accelerates. When you notice granules piling up, it is time to consider replacing your roof.

Fischer Lumber Company carries the quality roofing materials and the proven expertise you need for your new roof or to repair your existing roof. With our help, your roof will continue to protect your home and family for years to come. We also build custom roof trusses for residential and light commercial projects, and deliver them directly to the site! Stop by today for a free estimate and an expert opinion on how much life is left in your roof.