An Aging Roof: When to Call for Help and When to Sit Tight

An aging roof means Paulding homeowners may be facing a costly replacement job. There are normal signs of aging that you don't have to worry about, and there are alarming signs that mean larger, often hidden problems are lurking beneath the surface. Here's how to know the difference between a minor repair job and a roof replacement project.

Minor aging factors

An aging roof will often experience minor hiccups, like a missing shingle here or there after a particularly windy day or strong storm. Replace missing shingles right away to avoid moisture problems due to an exposed roof. The only other factor to watch for involves granules on shingles. It's not unusual for the shingles to lose some granules; however, it is only as the roof ages significantly that granule loss will accelerate and become a concern. Once too many granules wear away, the shingle's underlying layers start to deteriorate quickly.

Problems that pop up with aging

These signs are not normal wear and tear, occur as the roof gets older, and indicates a significant problem:

  • Flashing that's rusted.
  • Shingles that are curling or buckling.
  • Large amounts of moss on the roof.
  • Rubber boots around vent pipes is wearing.
  • Caulking that's cracking or damaged.
  • Water damage on ceilings inside the home.
  • Sagging ceilings.
  • Nails that are rusted and exposed.

If you notice any of these signs, get in touch with a professional and schedule an inspection. Many experts recommend annual inspections; however, after just five years or so, your roof may start to show early warning signs of larger problems. At this point, it's essential to keep the roof in good condition to ward off a serious, costly repair and help your investment in the roof last as long as possible.

For more tips about an aging roof or for information about roof inspections and repairs, contact Findlay Roofing today!

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