All throughout the Pacific Northwest, locals are looking for ways to spruce up their curb appeal. From new garage doors to freshly painted entry ways, homeowners are on the move. This Spring, you may want to consider a serious upgrade by replacing your shingled roof.
We know replacing a roof is not something most homeowners do often. In fact, you may need a very good reason to consider this investment. So, at Pacific Pride Roofing, we’ve come up with 5 real reasons it may be time to replace rather than simply repair your roof.
#1 Missing Granules
Granules are the number one protection your roof has from harmful UV rays and sun exposure. Missing granules may even expose the asphalt or fiberglass mat and lead to cracking brittle shingles that leak. Aging shingles with missing granules is an excellent reason to replace your roof today.
Rotting of your shingles and/or roof can occur when moisture is absorbed by the mat at the core of the shingle. This is a common problem all throughout the Pacific Northwest. Moss can cause rotting also because it retains moisture in a concentrated area causing severe damage to roofs. If your roof shows signs of rot, it’s definitely time to replace your roof.
#3 Ceiling Spots
Ceiling spots are caused by leaks in your roof. In order to identify leaks, check all of the following:
- Attic for leaks in deck
- Chimney and vents for cracks in flashing
- Rafters for leaks that “travel” away from the original source
- Eaves for water backing up from ice dams
- Roof for damaged shingles
- Dark spots on soffits on the roof deck when looking into the attic
If you have any of the above issues, it may be time to replace your roof. Please note: Sometimes you will not see any signs of leaking because water can drip from areas and saturate the wood or insulation never visibly exposing itself but still causing damage. If you are unsure of your roof condition but suspect something may be wrong, it’s best to call a professional for an assessment.
#4 Missing Shingles/Age of Roof
If you have shingles missing from your roof, it’s important to have them replaced right away. Shingles protect your home from unwanted moisture and your roof from debris. If you are missing a significant amount, it’s probably time to have your entire roof replaced. It will definitely look better.
In addition, if your roof is steep/sloped and 20 years or older OR your roof is flat and 10 years or older, it’s time to consider a complete roof replacement. In regard to steep/sloped roofs, conditions have to be absolutely ideal and the roof has to have been maintained properly. Otherwise, the roof will begin to breakdown heavily at about 20 years and quite often, much sooner.
Please note: Your shingle warranty may say the roof will last longer. However, the warranty is based on proper maintenance and ideal conditions. Keep in mind, most roofs are replaced long before the warranty period is over. What’s more, almost always there is little to no money left on the warranty after proration. This happens for two reasons. Either the home has been sold since the roof installation voiding the warranty or it hasn’t been properly maintained which excuses the manufacturer of responsibility.
On flat roofs, unless you have a TPO/PVC membrane roof they tend to last about 10 years. This happens because water can sit on top of them, and it acts like a magnifying glass. The UV rays with this magnifying effect will break down the roofing material faster.
#5 It just looks better!
Need we say more? Seriously, just look at this before and after comparison with Owen’s Corning TruDefinition shingles.
Generally speaking, shingled roofs should last 20 or more years. However, many factors, including wet climates can impact the life of your roof. If you are uncertain whether or not you should replace your roof, give the team at Pacific Pride Roofing a call. One of our trusted roofing professionals can give your roof a thorough examination and let you know if you are in need of a new roof, or just a few repairs.