Your roof is one of the most important piece of your home’s exterior. It serves a number of benefits for your home, including keep your home protected from the elements, as well as providing your home with curb appeal and resale value. However, just like another piece of your home’s exterior, your roof will eventually fail. If you’re interested in learning more about how you can keep your home’s roof in great shape, take a look at our blog to learn how you can tell if your shingle roof needs to be replaced.
Check Your Shingles
The first, and most obvious, sign that you should look for when trying to determine whether you need to replace your asphalt shingle roof is to examine your shingles themselves. If your roof is on the verge of failing, the signs will be quite clear when you take a look at your shingle system. Keep an eye out for any buckling, warping, cracking, or missing granules. Generally, your shingles can fail in one of two ways: They will have broken due to hail, failing debris, or trauma, or they will begin to curl or buckle due to improper installation that exposes the system to water damage. However, if you notice that your shingles are losing lot of granules, that’s generally a sign that the roof is naturally aging out and you should consider replacing it soon.
Examine The Valleys
Another area of your roof that is likely to fail is the valleys in your roof. The valleys of your roof are exposed to more water than any other part of your roof, which means they need more attention and maintenance. While our team at Rhode Island Slate always takes care to properly protect the valleys in a roof, this area often fails due to water damage. Seeing damage in these areas is a clear sign that you need to replace your roof or deal with the inevitable leaks!
Similar to your valleys, many homeowners overlook flashing, both around their chimneys and also roof vents, but it serves a very important purpose; protecting your home from water damage around the openings in your roof. If you find that the flashing around the vents and your chimney is rusting, a roof leak won’t be far behind. If your shingles are still in good shape, you can get away with simply reflashing around any openings and keeping up with your general roof maintenance.
Contact Us Today
Interested in replacing your home’s asphalt shingle roof this fall? Our team at Rhode Island Slate Roofing is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today at (401) 255-2003 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to hearing from you and assisting with your roofing needs!