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Do I need roof repair or replacement?
When the subject of roof replacement comes up, you may find yourself wondering, “When is it necessary to replace my roof?” Given the costs involved, it’s natural for a homeowner to wonder whether a repair is a viable option rather than a full roof replacement. It’s critical to remember that your roof shields your home from the elements 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It is prone to temperature fluctuations (which can be considerable) and shifting weather patterns.
So, in addition to warm, 70-degree sunny, breezy days in the spring and fall, your roof is vulnerable to blistering summer heat, bitter winter cold, snow, rain, wind, and hail. Animals and flying debris can also cause harm. Unfortunately, the condition of your roof will deteriorate with time.
Here are six signs that you might need a roof replacement:
1. Your Roof Fails A Visual Inspection
Is your roof looking a little worn out? Do you notice moss or black streaks (both of which might indicate dampness, which can be harmful to your roof)? Is your entire roof sagging? Is the color of your shingles inconsistent? This might indicate that granules have sloughed off for several reasons. Granules are your shingles’ initial line of protection against harsh weather; once the granules are gone, your roof is vulnerable to further damage and leaks.
While this may appear to be a simple technique, you’d be amazed how much information you can gather by simply climbing to the top and looking about. A solid rule of thumb is to inspect your roof for damage after every big storm. Unchecked damage will surely lead to more serious issues in the future.
2. Many Of Your Neighbors Are Replacing Their Roofs
Do any of your neighbors need to replace their roofs? Because the houses in your area were most likely constructed around the same period, it might be a hint that it’s time to really consider a roof replacement. This is also true when a strong storm passes through. If your neighbors’ roofs suffered significant damage, there’s a strong probability you did as well. In the case of widespread damage claims, it may be worth getting an examination and calling your homeowner’s insurance.
Furthermore, if you are looking at selling your house shortly, then replacing your roof may be a wise decision. Down the road, if all your neighbors’ roofs are newer than yours, potential buyers could get hung up on that. Keeping your home up to date with your surrounding neighbors’ curb appeal is a good idea for both roofing and siding.
3. The Shingles On Your Roof Are Curling.
Curling roof shingles can occur for a variety of causes. Shingles can curl upwards or downwards from the center, sides, or bottom. Aside from a faulty shingle, excessive moisture conditions within the home and inadequate roof ventilation are two causes of shingles curling. Your roof is at the heart of your home’s performance, and this might be a strong indication that it isn’t working as well as it should. Replacing your roof might be the solution. To be sure, have a professional examine your roof and attic.
4. You Find Roof Granules In Your Gutter
If your roof is only 10 to 15 years old and you notice granules in the gutters, it might be an indication of a larger issue. The asphalt is shielded from the light by granules. When asphalt fiberglass is exposed to UV radiation, the shingle’s quality rapidly degrades.
In a situation like this, get in touch with a local contractor as soon as you can. If your roof is compromised, immediate treatment could prevent further damage. Failing to fix problems like this can turn into a major headache for homeowners down the line.
5. You Can See Sunlight In Your Attic.
This one is self-evident. If you can see outside light streaming through your attic hatch, this is not a good indication. Rain, chilly air, and snow can all come into your attic if light can get in. Examine the attic floor for light or water stains. If you see any water stains, keep an eye on them when it rains. If their form and size vary, you have an active leak.
It’s worth noting that some homeowners rarely use their attic and wouldn’t initially be aware of this problem. If you suspect roof damage, taking a peek under the roof after you look at its exterior is never a bad idea. Checking your attic on a semi-regular basis is good practice in general.
6. Missing Shingles.
A missing or broken shingle exposes your roof deck to moisture, which is wood’s worst enemy. If not treated, it may cause structural damage to your property. This can be addressed with a short fix, but the entire roof will most likely need to be replaced in 3 to 5 years. A professional roofer may come out and assess the damage to see whether a spot repair would suffice, but they can also discuss your best options for a roof replacement. If there are no additional symptoms of internal damage, you may be in excellent condition!
7. Your roof is old.
Shingles built 25 years ago do not last as long as shingles manufactured now. If your roof is growing old, it may be time to start thinking about replacing it entirely. Of course, it depends on the sort of roof you have. For example, an asphalt roof is expected to last around 20 years, thus it would fall within this time period. Metal roofing, on the other hand, has a lifespan of 30-50 years. Climate and appropriate care can also have an impact on the longevity of your roof. More information on the lifespan of various types of roofing materials may be found here.
8. The Entire Roof is Sagging.
A drooping roof is usually an indication of a structural problem that is far more serious than just changing the roofing shingles. It might be a problem with the decking, trusses, or even the foundation supports. Addressing this at the first sign of a drooping roof is considerably easier to do before the problem worsens.