When you buy a home you get to enjoy all of the fantastic advantages that come with being a homeowner. However, you will also find yourself with a lot more responsibility than you had when you were a renter and would just call the landlord when you had issues with the home you were renting. One of the things you need to learn all you can about is the roof. You want to know how to keep your roof in good shape, and you want to make sure you know when your roof needs to be replaced. If you don't have a good roof in place, then your home, belongings, and family can be in danger. Here are some things that can let you know that it's likely that your roof is failing.
There are curling shingles on your roof
If you are seeing curling shingles on your roof, then this is usually an indication that the roof has a fair amount of age behind it and those years are starting to show. The shingles can be curling as a way of showing the roof's age because there is also moisture in your attic that is affecting the surface of the roof. Once you have the roof replaced, you are also going to need to take care of the moisture issue in the attic to help keep the new roof in good shape for as long as possible and to avoid other moisture-related issues in the future, such as mold growth.
There are a lot of granules missing
Once the roof is old and it's time to begin thinking about having a new one put on, you might start to notice that granules are missing from the surfaces of the shingles. There can be so many granules missing from large portions of the roof that you can see the problem from the ground. Or, you may know that the roof is losing a lot of granules because you are finding those granules on the ground when they are rinsed off the roof in the rain or when they are blown off in the wind. Also, you may find a lot of granules that have collected in the rain gutters. When the granules begin to go, you know it's time for you to start making plans to have a new roof put on.
The roof is causing high heating and cooling bills
If you have made sure your home is weatherized by having energy-efficient windows installed, making sure the weather stripping throughout the home is replaced, making sure the attic is fully insulated, and taking all the other measures possible, then you should have lower heating and cooling bills. If you don't, then the one place that may be causing your bills to remain high can be the roof. Many older roofs don't have the great energy ratings that the newer roofing materials have. You may want to take that final step by having a new roof put on, which will help make your home achieve the energy efficiency you have been aiming for.
To learn more, contact a roof replacement service.