Determining the age of your roof is essential because it helps you estimate how much useful life your roof has left so you can plan ahead and budget the money you will have to invest in the future. Knowing the symptoms of an aging roof will help you decide to repair or replace your old roof with a new one.
We are Dynamic Roofing Concepts, your roofing professional in Lakeland and surrounding areas. Here are some tips for finding out the estimated roof age if you didn't install it yourself.
If you recently purchased your home, consider locating the previous owners and asking about the roof's age. Many homeowners carefully keep documents related to roof contracts and warranties.
If they don't know for sure, you should assume the roof is nearing the end of its useful life, especially if the previous owners lived in the house for a long time and the roof is made of asphalt shingles.
The city's building permit records should contain details about the roofing work done on your residence throughout its history, including the exact date of the most recent roof installation and, more importantly, whether there is any warranty.
Previous owners might remember the roofing company that replaced the roof. Even if they have thrown away the copy of the receipt, the name of the business is enough to contact the roofing contractor and request a copy of the receipt or perhaps request that the previous owners do so. Professional roofing companies keep records of work performed.
Each roof ages differently and at a different rate, depending on the roofing material and installation, whether it is located in an urban or rural area, the style, type of structure, and proper maintenance, among other factors such as 3 factors that cause delays in roof replacement.
Here are signs that will help you to know if it's time for a roof repair or a replacement, which in the long run will save you a lot of money, help you anticipate problems, and give you peace of mind.
Doing a thorough interior attic check is the easiest way to find a sure sign of aging roofing and other issues in your home. Specifically, you'll need to look for the following:
If you see any concerning signs, contact your roof specialist Dynamic Roofing Concepts immediately at (813) 657-7663 for a roof inspection and to get a free estimate.
Water damage is a classic sign of damaged roofs, and it comes in the form of dampness and leaks, creating more significant problems in the long run. If there are multiple leaks along the length of your attic roof or your shingles, it may be time to replace your roof.
The granules are designed to protect the asphalt coating from the elements. They are made from crushed rock, slag, fiberglass, slate, tile, or porcelain. Over time, these granules loosen and fall off, creating bald spots on the roof.
A few granules in your gutters or around your house don't necessarily mean you need to replace your entire roof immediately. The granules often fall out after a storm, hail storm, or a scorching day.
However, when many granules are missing from the shingles and collecting in the gutters or areas around your house, it is a sign that the roof is aging; it will not do its job correctly.
As a roof ages, the layers that hold the shingles together begin to peel off. Shingles curled or warped are a classic sign of a roof's age. If most of your shingles are damaged, your roof is vulnerable to leaks and other damages that will ruin the roof's structural integrity in the medium to long term.
Local roofers often use roof flashing to help deflect water from a roof and protect roof elements. Roof flashing is used around specific areas of a roof, for example where the roof meets a vent.
As your roofing system ages, so does the flashing. Deteriorating flashing often results in water leaks and moisture escaping into the house, reducing the lifespan of your home's structure.
Dark spots on a ceiling are a sure sign of how old the ceiling is. These dark spots can be caused by moss, algae, rust, or debris on the roof. If you have a metal roof with dark spots, your roof is in danger as rusty metal collapses easily, putting your family in danger.
Moss and algae can be a severe threat to the life of your roof. Moss and algae take advantage of existing roof debris, trap moisture, and increase in size, creating large patches of moisture on the roof.
If your roof has had moss or algae growth for an extended period, it could signify that you need a new roof. Regular maintenance is necessary to prevent moss from growing on the roof, especially before the beginning of spring and at the end of autumn.
Even after you have determined your roof's age, there are other factors and variables to consider regarding the roof's condition. A roof inspection by our professional team of roofers will give you a realistic estimate of the roof's condition.
We recommend you obtain a roof guarantee against possible storms, high winds, severe weather, hail, and other eventual natural disasters in Lakeland.
If our roofer finds signs of severe roof damage, such as broken, scratched, curling, or missing shingles, excessive granule loss, widespread roof, and wall discoloration, persistent roof leaks, or damaged flashing membranes, they may recommend that you invest in a completely new roof.
Contact us at (813) 657-7663, and we will offer you a free estimate.