Is It Time to Replace Your Roof?

Your roof system is a major feature of your home, but it’s often a home feature that we take for granted–at least until something goes wrong. While roofs are designed to last anywhere from 15 years to multiple decades, they do need to be replaced in time. What’s the state of your roof? If you aren’t sure, you need to have it professionally evaluated. A new roof is a major expense, so you’ll likely want to know well in advance if you should be preparing for a replacement. Use the following tips to help you determine if your roof is a candidate for replacement.

Research

Roofs are made from various types of materials. To evaluate your roof, you need to have an understanding of its materials so you can spot signs of aging. For instance, tile roofs can experience cracks that expose the underlayments to their weather. Asphalt shingles can curl or deteriorate over time. Knowing what problems are typical for your roof material can help you assess your roof’s condition.

Make an inspection

Once you familiarize yourself with commonplace roof issues associated with your roofing material, you can perform an inspection. Many homeowners will tackle this job on their own. If you do, you’ll want to look for signs of damaged shingles, cracked shingles, curling shingles, or even missing shingles. While one or two problematic shingles may call for simple repair work, multiple shingle problems might be telling you that it’s time to consider a roof replacement. In addition, be sure to check your gutters when inspecting your roof too.

Multiple Leaks

A roof can develop a leak and not require replacement. A storm might knock a tree limb down, causing some minor roof damage. A single leak can often be repaired, especially if it’s dealt with early. If, however, your roof is developing leaks in multiple places, you should likely consider a new roof installation.

Call for a Professional Inspection

Shingles aren’t the only problems that can affect your roof. Flashing around the chimney, for instance, is notorious for sprouting leaks. If you cracked or missing shingles, the under layers of your roof may be suffering. Your roof is a system of layers. When the under layers develop problems, you should also consider replacement, but it might take a more professional eye to spot these problems. A professional contractor that handles roofing projects can help. They can spot serious signs of wear and tear and provide you with a thorough report of your roof’s condition.

We can help you create a plan for your roof’s replacement. While you might want to install a similar roof, you may also want to upgrade material type or choose a different color or style. Pricing is often a major concern, so we can discuss the going rates of roofing materials. We can also help you nail down a time frame and go so far as to schedule the replacement. Contact us if you are concerned about your roof. We can assess its condition and help you determine if replacement is required sooner or later.

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