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Normal Roof Aging vs. Roof Damage: What’s the Difference?

Knowing the signs of normal wear and tear, and significant damage to the roof can help homeowners decide if their roof still has some life in it or should be repaired or, in some cases, replaced.

If your roof is past repair, consider a full roof replacement.

And if you’re not sure, read further to get a sense of the extent of your roof’s depreciation.

Normal Roof Aging vs. Roof Damage: What’s the Difference?

Signs of Normal Wear and Tear

If you notice these signs, it’s not an urgent matter to get your roof fixed. However, these are indications that should be monitored before they develop into more serious problems.

  • Fading Color
    Over time, shingles lose some of their color due to exposure to severe weather, particularly direct sunlight. While faded shingles may appear weaker, they are more of a cosmetic concern than a structural defect. Still, keep a close eye on them because it is likely that they are approaching the end of their lifespan.
  • Lifted Shingles
    High winds can lift the edges of asphalt shingles and potentially expose the underlying components to moisture, causing further damage. If you live in an area with frequent high winds, invest in reinforced shingles to prevent wind tear-offs.
  • Scratches
    Sharp branches of overarching trees can scratch the protective granules off your roof. To avoid such occurrences, make it a routine to trim branches away from the surface of the roof.

Signs of Roof Damage

These signs indicate problems that should be inspected and addressed by a roof replacement or repair professional to avoid further damage to your home.

  • Missing Flashing
    Flashing is installed around chimneys, valleys, skylights and walls. If the flashing material regularly contracts due to changes in weather, the bottom part of the flange will lift and provide an entryway for water. This can lead to leaks and other water-related issues like mold and mildew.
  • Cracked Vents
    If the vents on your roof are showing cracks, a roofer should be called for repairs. If left unattended for a long time, damaged vents won’t be able to regulate the temperature in your roof, which can result in moisture buildup, swelling and rotting.
  • Hail Damage
    Big hailstones beating down on your roof can leave dents and punctures. After a hailstorm event, let a roofer inspect the scope of damage to your exterior, if any, so you can address it ahead of time.

Bay Valley Contractors is the leading roofing and remodeling contractor in many California areas. With extensive experience and outstanding customer service, we’ll deliver the great results you expect. Give us a call at (925) 718-0780, or complete our online form to schedule an appointment.

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