How To Know When Your Roof Is Raising the White Flag and Giving Up

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Your roof is the warrior of your home. It stoically protects your family from the onslaught of Mother Nature, battling the elements both day and night. The harsh UV rays from the sun do their best to break down your roof's defenses, and it struggles against the barrage of hail, snow, and ice that bombard it each season. No thanks are needed, but there comes a time when you need to send in backup. Your roof cannot fight the good fight forever. In fact, the average shingle roof lasts about 15 - 20 years. Has your roof had enough? Is it waving the white flag of surrender? 

1. Curling Edges: Just like soldiers are expected to stand at attention, the shingles on your roof are expected to lay flat. Over time, however, the edges will start to curl up and eventually break off. This is because the once pliable shingles have grown dry and brittle with age. They are no longer able to withstand the attacks of strong winds, heavy snow loads, salt spray, and extreme heat.

2. Missing Shingles: If you notice that a few shingles have gone AWOL (absent without leave), it is a big signal that your roof needs to be relieved of duty. Shingles are specifically designed not to be blown off in heavy winds or storms. FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, states that shingles should be able to regularly endure winds up to 90 m.p.h. Missing shingles are a clear indicator that your roof has reached the end of its life expectancy. 

3. Splash Guard: You can check on the health of your roof by looking in the gutters and the splash guard. When installed, shingles have a nice, gravel-like coating that is designed to help them do their job and protect your home. Over time, the battles with the weather beat down on your shingles and the gravel slowly wears away. Rain washes off the loose gravel, carrying it into the gutters, and ultimately, down into the splash guard. When you see this, know that your rood is waving a white flag and needs you to call in a professional roofing team like those at A&W Custom Carpentry and Roofing.

4. Water: Another great place to look for holes in your defenses is in the attic. As shingles age, water can get into your attic. Look for stains, standing water, and even mold. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency states that mold can grow in less than 48 hours of water penetrating your attic.

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