Things to Consider
Before you can start searching your home for warning signs, it’s important you consider the age of your roof. Do you know how long ago your roof was reshingled or replaced? Most roofing experts agree that a typical asphalt shingle roof will last between 20 and 25 years. Knowing how old your roof is will help assess whether you need a total replacement or if you can get away with a repair.
Once you’ve discovered the age of your roof, it’s time to do an exterior inspection. Taking the time to do this a couple times a year will save you in the long run as you’ll begin to notice any differences. If you want to be extra diligent, take a photo of your roof during your first inspection. This way you will have something to compare to if you think you notice a change.
Broken or Missing
If your roof is missing any amount of shingles, this can lead to a weaker roof over time. Shingles protect your roof and help shed water. Broken or missing shingles leave vulnerable entry points for water which can lead to bigger issues than just a roof replacement.
Just like broken and missing shingles, buckling shingles are highly susceptible to wind and ice damage and can be torn off easily. How can you tell if you have buckling shingles? You’ll notice a wavy distortion that usually runs vertically up the roof slope. Wet or poorly installed underlayment can also cause buckling shingles.