How Old is My Roof?

A roof is one of the biggest concerns a homeowner will have. Accordingly, many people often wonder "What is my roof's age?" Unless you installed the roof yourself, you probably have no idea; however, the following signs will let you know yours is getting a few years on it.


Missing Granules


One of the first signs of an aging roof is missing granules. Repeated exposure to wind and rain can remove the protective granules, leaving your shingles unable to fully safeguard your roof. If your shingles are losing granules, you might notice them sitting inside your gutters or below your downpours after a heavy rain.


Curling Shingles


Older shingles may not hold in place as well as they once did. Consequently, a good way to determine roof age is by looking for curled shingles.


Curling shingles generally mean your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan; however, poor installation is often a culprit as well. Curled shingles will allow water to seep in underneath and will only increase the rate of damage. Contact us for an inspection and repairs as soon as you notice any of your shingles curling.


Broken or Rusted Flashing


Your roof's flashing is designed to keep water from seeping into your decking or attic. It's as essential as any other component of your roof, yet many people disregard it as unimportant. In fact, many homeowners never replace their flashing when they have a new roof installed.


The problem with not replacing your flashing is that it will eventually wear out. When it does, it can prematurely age your roof and can lead to significant damage to your decking and rafters. If you notice broken or rusted flashing, let us perform an inspection to determine the extent of the damage.


Nails or Hardware Coming Loose


As with other components, roofing nails have a limited capacity as well. After repeated exposure, they may become loose and unable to fully hold their shingles in place. You may see nail heads sticking up, and some hardware may even end up in your gutters.


Missing or Broken Shingles


If you observe loose hardware, chances are you may have missing or broken shingles too. This is something that requires immediate attention, as even a few missing shingles can greatly compromise the integrity of your roof.


Have a Professional Inspection


The above signs will let you know that something is amiss with your roof. Even so, they cannot tell you exactly how old it is. The best way to determine roof age is by scheduling an inspection.


Schedule a free inspection with Flow Roofing, and we promise not to sell you a new roof if you don't need one. Contact us today to set up your appointment.


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