A residential roof has a set lifespan, especially if it is made from asphalt shingles. While many of the materials available now can last for more than 30 years—and even up to a century with some types of metal—most of today’s homes have roofs constructed of materials that do wear out. When your roof reaches a certain age, homeowners may begin to notice these issues:
• Recurring leaks: One of the primary problems that can affect an old roof is leaking. As roofing materials age, their integrity can weaken, making it easier for rainwater to penetrate the layers of a roofing system. Past damage or a lack of maintenance can increase the likelihood that your roof will leak, and previous leaks that have not been properly repaired can make for easy water infiltration.
• Susceptibility to storm damage: Older, weakened roofs are more likely to have storm damage to a greater degree in the event of severe weather than a newer roof that has been well-maintained. Brittle shingles can be more vulnerable to penetration from hail, especially if they have been on your roof for more than 15 years.
• Cracked, peeling, or damaged shingles: A clear sign of an aging roof is visible damage. Ultraviolet radiation, time, and weather all take their toll, and can cause shingles to become brittle and lose their granules. This can result in cracks or curling or peeling shingles, and some shingles may fall away entirely.
• Sagging areas: As a roof ages and gets weaker, areas of past damage or intense wear may begin to show. Sections of your roof may sag, which is a sign of past damage or unseen problems.
Any of the above signs can indicate that your roof is past its useful life, and you should have it inspected by a professional roofing contractor. Fentress Builders, Inc. can help you determine the state of your roof and help you enjoy increased protection and energy efficiency. Give us a call at (317) 899-9381 for additional information, or visit our website to learn more about our residential roofing services.