Q: What Are the Signs That an Asphalt Roof Should Be Replaced?
A: There are several indications, with the largest one being age. If your asphalt roof is more than twenty years old, it’s very likely that it’s time for a replacement. However, newer roofs can fail too, so it’s an excellent idea to do annual roof inspections. Most issues can be spotted from the ground with binoculars. If you notice an issue, it’s best to call a professional roofing contractor to walk your roof for closer inspection. It’s less dangerous for you and they are trained to spot problems that are less noticeable.
Obvious signs are shingles that are lifting up, curling, or missing altogether. Also, on a bright day from inside the attic with the lights off, check for spots of light coming through especially around any roof vents, the chimney or any other object that penetrates the roof deck. If you see light there is a good chance that the flashing around the object needs to be replaced.
You’ll also want to check for damp or water stained areas on the underside of the asphalt roof sheathing that would indicate a leak. Keep in mind, that wet spots may not be where the leak originates. The end of a leak run will eventually weaken and soften the area where the water puddles. In the case of staining or light coming in, it’s a sure sign that you need to contact a professional.