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Here at Oceanside Exteriors, we understand that getting a new roof or repairing an existing one is a big financial and time commitment. However, even with preventive maintenance, there are times when a roof can reach the end of its life and it is important to act quickly and not delay the repair as it could result in larger problems down the road.
When determining whether you need a new roof here are some potential signs to look for:
- Your Shingles are Starting to Curl Upward: A key sign to tell whether your roof is nearing the end is when shingles begin to cup, curl or claw. These characteristics look familiar as it looks like the shingle lifts but remains in contact with the roof. This can happen for many reasons including extreme temperatures, poor ventilation, age, or poor installation.
- Deterioration: Deteriorated flashing at the edge of your roof, skylight, chimney, and vent pipes is another sign that your roof is nearing the end as these issues can lead to major leaks and damages down the line.
- Water Damage: Water damage along the ceiling and walls is a common sign that your roof needs to be replaced as a roof with leaks can lead to bug infestations and mold.
- Moss Buildup: If you notice a large amount of moss buildup on your roof it could mean that your roof deck is rotting below your shingles. It is important to get the moss assessed to determine if it is harmful to your roof. If it is, the roof deck should be repaired and the shingles will be reinstalled.
- Brittle Shingles: If you are beginning to notice shingles falling off your roof and they are ending up in the yard it is a sign the shingles are brittle and beginning to break loose. This can be due to windstorms and other poor weather conditions. Homeowners that recognize this should get their roofs inspected to assess the deterioration.
- Age: The lifespan of roofs varies based on the different roof materials, the color of those materials, and the angle of the roof slope. Most homes within the Greater Portland, Maine area have an asphalt shingle roof, these roofs should be inspected around year 20.
Oceanside Exteriors is committed to ensuring that our customers in the Greater Portland, Maine area are getting the best possible roofing experience. Contact us today by calling us at (205) 310-7659 or by filling out our team’s contact form. We look forward to hearing from you and assisting you with your roof inspection and repair needs!