Your roof can be made using a variety of materials, but the most common roof shingles are made of asphalt. The longevity of your roof will depend on a wide variety of factors, but in general, you can expect an asphalt shingle roof to last about twenty years. Excessive heat and sun exposure can shorten the lifespan of your roof, as can harsh, cold temperatures that bring snow and ice. How long your shingles last also depend on the quality of the materials originally used to cover your roof and how often your roof is exposed to inclement weather. While one leak doesn't mean you need an entirely new roof, there are a number of signs that indicate you will need to replace your roof soon.
You Have Leaks in Different Areas of Your Roof
One leak can simply mean you need a small repair. If you have several leaks in your roof that are widespread, an emergency repair can take care of the problem temporarily. When more than one leak occur, you will need a new roof soon, even after getting the leaks repaired.
Your Shingles Are Curling on Your Roof
When your shingles are starting to curl on your roof, this is a clear sign that the shingles are deteriorating. While you may not have leaks in your roof for some time, eventually the shingles will start to fall off of your roof or become so loose that they let water into your home. Once you notice that your shingles are curling, you will need to have your roof replaced before significant damage is caused to your home.
Your Roof Is Faded
A faded asphalt shingle roof doesn't mean you need to get your roof replaced right away, but this is a sign that you will need to start watching your roof for other signs of damage. Fading will lead to cracking, and this is when your roof will need to be replaced with new asphalt shingles.
If your home is subject to extreme weather conditions, your roof may last much less than 20 years. If you live in a moderate climate, your roof can last well beyond the 20 year life expectancy. If you have a leak in your roof, it's important to have a professional contractor like Trinity Contracting & Construction assess your roof. A professional will be able to determine if you simply have damage that can be repaired or if you will need a new roof soon.