How to know When It’s Time to Replace Your Roof
Many homeowners think about replacing their roof after experiencing a leak in their ceiling. However, sometimes a roof can naturally reach its useful life- span without experiencing a failure. When determining if you need roof replacement there are a lot of signs, apart from leaks that can help you make this decision. One of the most important parts of your home that should be structurally sound is the roof. If you are not sure whether your roof needs repair, lookout for these signs to know if it’s time to replace your roof.
Start on the inside
Before even checking from the outside, the first place you should check is in the attic. Climb under the eaves and look for rays of light coming through the top of the house. You should also look for any stains or streaks, which can be a result of a leaking roof.
Look for paperwork
Check your home improvement records to see when the home last had the roof reshingled or replaced. Usually, a shingle roof will last up to 20 to 25 years. If your home has an extra layer of shingles on top of the original, it should be changed after 20 years.
Check the shingles
Shingles on a roof should lie flat against a roof. If you find patches with damaged, cracked, or buckling shingles, then this is a sign that is time to changed your roof. Missing shingles is another sign that the roof needs to be repaired. While checking the shingles, look in the gutters and downspouts for shingle granules. If there are a lot of granules, it’s likely that your roof is almost at the end of it useful life- span.
Drooping and sagging
A drooping and sagging roof shows that a roof should be changed as soon as possible before any further damage to your home is occurs. Check for rotting boards or sagging spots, especially in the low points of your roof.
Moss (and mold and fungi) shows there might be trapped moisture, which can destroy a roof. Use a stiff brush to get rid of any moss that’s accumulating in shady corners. Be careful not to cause further harm to the roof.
Not very sign means that you have to get your roof completely replaced. A few damaged shingles or you have a tiny leaky doesn’t mean you must get a whole new roof. A roof that’s been properly installed and is younger than 15 or 20 years will likely be able to get by a little repair.
If you are worried about your roof, call a professional roofer or roofing company or please fill in our contact form.