If you have lived in your home any length of time, then chances are, you have had to do at least some form of roof replacement or repair. If you have not had to make any repairs, then now is a good time to have your roof inspected and see what, if any updates might need to be made.
However, if you are already debating whether or not you need to have the roof replaced, then there are several things to keep in mind as you make the decision. Each of these by themselves do necessarily mean roof replacement is a must, but they should definitely have bearing in the decision.
1. Can you see light? Crawl up into your attic. If you see light coming in through the roof boards this is definite sigh that it is time for a new roof! While you are up there, you can also check the insulation. If it is damp or you see signs of leaking this also indicates the time for a new roof has come.
2. What’s in your gutters? When shingles begin to age the granules will come off and will typically end up in your home’s gutters. This is a good indicator that a new roof will be needed sooner rather than later.
3. What’s around your chimney? One of the first places that will show wear and tear in a roof is the shingles around the chimney flashing. If Your flashing consist of roof cement or tar, you may not necessarily need a new roof, but it is time to replace the flashing with a more long-term water-tight fitting.
4. Are all the shingles there? Take a walk around your home, or go up on the roof, and look around. If you see missing shingles then you will need to replace them. This would also be a good time to call in a local roofing repairperson to check on the overall effectiveness of your roof.
5. Does your roof have valleys? Valleys may be beautiful in nature, but when the ones in your roof are sagging more than normal – usually due to excess snowfall or rain- they are signs of trouble in your roof.
6. Are your shingles lying flat? Your roof’s shingles should not buckle or curl. If you notice that curling or buckling call in a roofing replacement pro to assess your roof.
7. How old is your roof? The average asphalt roof has a lifespan of 20 years. If your roof is nearing this age, you may want to go ahead and make the investment sooner rather than later.
Having a roof replacement is not something most of us look forward to, but like many things involved in home ownership, it is something that must be done. If you have questions about the state of your roof, talk to a pro in your area. In the Twin Cities, one such company is that of Eastern Roofing. A professional roofing company will be there to help you make an informed decision. Don’t wait until the damage is sever. Be proactive – you may be able to prevent a serious problem down the road.