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Roofs only last for so long, and after a time, must be replaced. Regardless of how much work has gone into prolonging and maintaining the rooftop, eventually a new one will be required. When that happens, it's time to contact Somerset County roofers to install the new roof. However, it's important to know exactly when a roof is at the end of its usefulness. Here's how to tell.

The first step is to inspect the roof routinely, particularly when there are suspicions about its integrity. The best time to do this is in spring and fall, the two seasons following the harshest times of year for roofs. Begin the search inside of the home, particularly in the attic. Use a flashlight and keep an eye out for areas where the roof may be sagging. In addition, make note of any places where light shines through from the outside; this means there is a hole in the roof that needs to be repaired immediately.

The next step is to take a look at the exterior of the home. Look for shingles that are missing, blistered or crumbling. Also, take the time to inspect the gutters for granules, the small particles atop shingles. These are necessary for deflecting UV light and helping shingles do their job while keeping the temperature down inside the home.

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If these have washed off, then the shingles are no longer able to protect the home as they're meant to. The lack of these granules denotes major wear and means the shingles need to be replaced.

If mold is growing on any shingles, this can mean moisture is trapped underneath and the roof is rotting away. These should be inspected by a professional immediately as the presence of mold may only be a surface level indication of a much larger problem. Mold on the roof may be followed by mold throughout the rest of the home.

A final indicator of whether a roof needs to be replaced or not is age. The average roof lasts around 20 to 25 years. If the roof of a home is older than that, then chances are that it is nearing its lifespan. While the homeowner can go for some time without replacing the roof, it will become necessary within the next decade. If problems arise, don't wait; an older, aging roof can cause severe damage to the home it's meant to protect if care is not taken.

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