Roofs are one of the most important parts of our homes, and everything on the inside relies on a safe and healthy exterior. Many homeowners are unaware of what to look for and how long to wait before replacing their roof. As well, some roofing materials are less durable than others, potentially shortening or lengthening the lifespan. When it’s time to replace a shingled roof, it’s important to know the tell-tale signs.
Signs it’s Time to Replace a Shinged Roof
We are often unable to see every part of our shingled roofs without climbing on top of them and potentially putting ourselves in danger. However, even from the ground, there are many signs that a roof needs to be replaced. Homeowners should look for the following signs:
Curling shingles: from the ground, curling shingles can be noticed if they begin to bend. This means that the shingles are becoming weak, which can lead to shingles blowing off the roof in high winds or storms. Shingles should always be flat and evenly placed, so homeowners should take a look from the ground for any signs of upwards curling.
Shingles blown off the roof: from the ground, blown off shingles appear as patches on the roof. Often, blown off shingles can be found on the ground, indicating that a roof is in dire need of repair. It is especially important for homeowners to evaluate their property after high winds or storms for shingles.
Moss on a shingled roof: from the ground, mossy shingles appear as green patches growing either on or in-between shingles. Moss can not only weaken shingles, but also lift them, leading to widespread roof deterioration. Homeowners with roofs located in shady areas should be more aware of this potential issue and check their roofs regularly, especially in the spring when there is an abundance of moisture.
Options for Replacing a Roof
Well-placed asphalt shingles and well-cared for roofs can last anywhere between 15 and 20 years. However, many homeowners are still unaware that there are other options for shingles than the traditional asphalt. Today, Toronto roofing companies like Alpine Roofing offer a number of different roofing options and styles which can be integrated into roof repairs or replacements.
Cedar shingles are both beautiful and durable, and they can also help with reducing heating and cooling costs in the home over time.
Metal shingles are easily recyclable, lightweight, and durable, and are also incredibly easy to install. Metal shingles can even last over 50 years.
Slate shingles are elegant, and come in an assortment of colours that are all fire-resistant. Properly installed slate shingles can last well over 100 years.
Clay tiles are not only very durable over time, but will also resist fading or bleaching from sun and rain. Clay tiles can also act as an extra layer of insulation, however; they are heavy and are only recommended for extremely sturdy structures such as industrial or commercial buildings.
Copper shingles are durable, will resist corrosion, and will maintain their natural colour over time without weathering.
Deciding on the type of roofing material to use on your roof can be a daunting task involving a lot of research. Each individual home is unique depending on the climate, size of the building, and location. Alpine Roofing will meet with you on-site to determine your individual roofing needs.
In Toronto, residential roof repairs are no longer difficult or time-consuming. Contact us at Alpine Roofing for a free estimate, or to find out more about the exciting options available when replacing roofs.