As humans we worry about aging and how we are going to look, but we often forget that certain things around our home can age too. One area that experiences a great deal of aging is your roof. In as little as one year, your roof can look dramatically different from the day that it looked when it was installed. This occurs because of the dramatic temperature differences that your roof experiences not only in each season, but often within one season – just take a look at the summer we have been having!
More than Temperatures
You already know that we can see some pretty scorching temperatures in Chicago. Now think about the temperature on the roof; it can be as much as 50 degrees hotter up there because of the direct impact that the sun has on it. In addition to the higher temperatures is the damage that the UV rays from the sun have on your roof’s shingles. These rays can cause very quick wear and tear on a roof. In addition to the sun, you need to factor in strong rain, hail, strong winds, moisture and humidity. Your roof constantly experiences contraction and extraction.
The Aging Process
The aging process of a roof occurs quickly during the first year, but then slows down after that. This means that your shingles might experience normal cracks or blistering, which are nothing to be concerned about. The initial curling process happens within the first few months of obtaining a new roof and might even accelerate in the winter months, but come summer, they typically straighten out. After the initial curling process, the roof begins its “mid-life” and remains there for many years. This is when it experiences a decreased amount of granule loss and curling and gives your home good protection.
Just like humans, your roof begins to decline after a certain period of time. The type of roof, brand and quality of installation will determine how soon this occurs. For some roofs, it could be 30 years or more before you even have to worry about this. An aging roof will show signs, such as leaks, worn shingles, missing shingles or a large amount of diminished granules that render the roof useless.
It is always a good idea to have a professional roof inspection when you are concerned about the quality of your roof. Your roof is the protection of your home and should not be ignored in order to keep your home in good shape for many years to come.