Sometimes, you just have to face the facts. Your roof will become weaker in old age. Although most of them will last a long time, they also won’t last forever. Often, roofs will show warning signs before giving out or becoming damaged, which is why you should always be on the lookout for them.
Remember that trick to learn a dog’s age in human years? All you have to do is multiply its actual age by seven. For example, if your dog is six-years-old, it would be 42 in human years. Well, you can do the same thing for roofs. This means that if you multiply the roof’s actual age by four, that would be its age in human years. Basically, what you need to get out of this is that roofs typically last from 20 to 25 years, which is equivalent to an 80 to 100-year-old human.
So, how do you know when it’s time to replace or repair your roof? There’s almost always a way to tell because you’ll be able to see and possibly even hear the red flags, which would be saying, “help me!” At Philly Roofing, we’re a roofing company that offers emergency roof repair in Philadelphia, PA, and the surrounding areas, so no matter what happens, we’ll be there to help. But without further ado, here are three signs that you need to update your roof:
- It’s getting old – We may have said this before, but many experts agree that roofs last about a quarter of a century before needing to be repaired or replaced. If your residential or commercial roof is either approaching that age or already older than it, the chances are high that you need a new one.
- Shingles are either cracked, curling or missing – The shingles are usually a pretty good indicator of how well your roof is doing. If you look up at your roof and notice that the shingles are cracked, curling or even missing altogether, this could mean that it’s past their life expectancy and you should begin thinking about a new or repaired roof.
- Dark streaks are running down the roof – Dark streaks on roofs are usually caused by airborne algae. They will not necessarily harm the shingles or your roof, but it definitely won’t look good, either. These dark streaks could also mean that your roof is getting old.
We hope this helps you determine whether a new roof or not in the near future. At Philly Roofing, we’re always prepared to handle any type of residential or commercial roofing job in Philadelphia, PA, and the neighboring towns. To learn more about roofing repairs, replacements, and installations, contact us at 215-848-4900.