Keeping an eye on your roof is essential to ensure it is in good condition, especially after heavy storms. Look for cracked, damaged, or bent shingles, as well as tile pellets in the gutters and downspouts. The age of your roof is also important to consider when determining if it needs to be repaired or replaced. Depending on the material, the lifespan of a roof can range from 20 to 50 years.
If the roof was installed over one or several layers and is more than 20 years old, you will most likely need a new roof. Missing, broken, curved, or dented shingles are a sign that your roof needs to be repaired. If the shingles are broken, bent, or dented, you can repair them. However, it would be best to replace missing or heavily damaged shingles. If there is a leak in the roof, a professional can determine the best solution, which may include a new roof. In some cases, roof damage is evident from the ground and shingles are often the first thing to show signs of wear.
If you notice shingles missing, crimped, or cracked when you look at the roof, it's probably time to change it. As the roof approaches the end of its useful life, it becomes more susceptible to damage and may require more frequent repairs. A basic inspection could save you thousands of dollars in roof repair costs by detecting minor damage before it becomes a major problem. Sometimes a shingle or two can be replaced, but the repair possibilities depend on the location of the missing shingle and the condition of the ones surrounding it. Knowing when a roof was installed (and what it's made of) gives you an idea of how much lifespan it has left. For example, a typical asphalt shingle roof lasts 20 to 25 years, while a roof installed over an existing tile layer must be replaced after 20 years.
High speed wind can completely tear shingles off the roof or lift them up and cause them to break. If you're unsure whether your roof needs repair or replacement, it's best to consult with a professional roofer who can assess the condition of your roof and provide you with an accurate assessment. They will be able to tell you if your roof needs repairs or if it's time for a full replacement. It's important to remember that roofs are an investment and should be taken care of properly. Regular inspections and maintenance can help extend the life of your roof and save you money in the long run.