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3 Warning Signs that Your Roof Needs Replacement

For many people, the realization they need a new roof doesn’t occur until they start feeling water drops falling from the ceiling. However, before it gets to that point, there are other major warning signs that can indicate it may be time for a new roof. Be on the lookout for any of these three signs.

Roof Age
Before any damage has the chance to occur, consider the age of your roof. Most roofing experts agree that a typical roof should last between 20 to 25 years. The Heritage® series of asphalt shingles by TAMKO ® come with a Limited Warranty and Arbitration Agreement. Depending on the age of your roof, you may need to start shopping for a roofing contractor regardless of any damage.

Missing Shingles
Due to the constant exposure to the elements, it’s not uncommon that a few shingles will go missing over time. From a standpoint of functionality, this shouldn’t be too hard to fix. However, the same elements and exposure that may have jostled loose one of your shingles has also caused them to change color over time. This means matching the original color can be tricky. Though patching is a good solution, it is only temporary. Once too many pieces go missing, your roof can start to look checkered and this can detract from your home’s appeal and value.

Granules in the Gutter
After installing a new asphalt roof, you may see some granules in your gutter. Your roof is still settling and the debris from the newly installed shingles is still lying on the roof. However, if you start to see granules in your gutter 12 – 15 years after installation, you need to contact a roofing professional. Granules are important in protecting the actual asphalt from the Sun. Asphalt roofs tend to lose more granules towards the end of their life cycle.

Having a solid roof over your head is important. These are just three of the ways in which you can determine if replacing or repairing your roof is necessary.  If you spot any of these issues, it’s best that you contact a professional roofer immediately.

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