Well-maintained roofs can last for many decades but not forever. An aging roof may not immediately have major problems and that can lead some homeowners to believe the system is in good shape.
Trusted roofers from Winfield Builders share signs of roof age you need to look out for.
Increased Electricity Bills
Your roof’s insulative properties weaken as it ages. When the overall insulation of your home is reduced, your heating and cooling system will have to work harder to keep your indoor spaces comfortable. This can result in higher energy bills.
Leaks & Water Damage
Visit your attic from time to time and look for indications of moisture problems. Check the walls and ceiling for peeling paint and moist stain marks. The protective layers of your roof’s shingles may not be doing its job if there are visible signs of water damage in the attic.
Gutters Filled With Granules
A small number of granules in your gutters is normal. However, excessive amounts can be a sign that your roof is nearing the end of its life.
Curled & Missing Shingles
Another sign your roof is aging is curling or buckling shingles. Look at the areas of the roof that receive a lot of sunlight and check if they are warping or lacking granules. Also, inspect the roof for missing or loose shingles.
Missing or rusted flashing are obvious signs of an old or poorly maintained roof. Lifting or separating flashing can allow water to get inside your home. If your roof’s existing flashing material is roof cement or tar, you may need to have them replaced with metal ones.
Contact your roofer immediately if you find any of these signs on your roof. For quality roofing services, choose Winfield Builders. We also specialize in windows, doors and gutters. Call us at (301) 850-6560 or fill out our online form to request a free quote. We serve homeowners in Rockville, Annapolis, and Silver Spring, MD.