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Do I need roof repair or replacement?
When the possibility of roof replacement comes up, you may begin to wonder, “When is it time to replace my roof?” Thinking about the expense involved, it’s also typical for a homeowner to question whether a repair is a possible solution rather than a whole-roof replacement. It’s important to remember that your roof protects your home from the elements 24 hours a day, 365 days a year without a break. It’s subject to variations in temperature (which may be extreme) and changing weather patterns.
So, not only is your roof exposed to mild, 70-degree sunny, breezy days in the spring or fall, it’s also subject to scorching summer heat, frigid winter cold, snow, rain, wind, and hail. Animals and blowing debris can also damage it, too. Unfortunately, your roof’s quality is going to degrade over time.
Here are six signs that you might need a roof replacement:
1. Your Roof Fails A Visual Inspection
Does your roof look just plain worn out? Do you see moss or dark streaks throughout (both can be a sign of moisture, which is damaging to your roof)? Does your entire roof appear to be sagging? Do you see inconsistent coloring across your shingles? This could mean granules have sloughed off for one reason or another. Granules are your shingles’ first line of defense against bad weather, once the granules are gone, your roof is susceptible to further damage and leaks.
While this may seem like a simplistic approach, you’d be surprised how much information you can gain by simply hopping on the roof and taking a gander. Checking your roof after any significant storm for damage is a good rule of thumb. Damage that goes unchecked will inevitably cause more extensive problems down the road.
2. Many Of Your Neighbors Are Replacing Their Roofs
Are any of your neighbors replacing their roofs? The homes in your neighborhood were likely all built around the same time, so that could certainly be a sign that it’s time to seriously consider a roof replacement. This can also be the case after a severe storm comes through. If your neighbors sustained substantial roof damage, there’s a good chance you did as well. It could be worth an inspection and contacting your homeowner’s insurance regarding widespread damage claims.
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.
Many reasons can cause your roof shingles to curl. Shingles can curl from the middle, sides, or bottom, and upwards or downwards. One of the reasons shingles can curl, besides a defective shingle, is high moisture conditions inside the house and poor roof venting. Your roof is the center of your home’s performance, and this could be a clear cut sign that it isn’t performing as efficiently as it should. Replacing your roof could be the cure for that. The professionals can inspect your roof and attic to find out for sure.
4. You Find Roof Granules In Your Gutter
If your roof is only 10 to 15 years old and you see granules in the gutters, it could be a sign of a bigger problem. Granules protect the asphalt from the sun. When the asphalt fiberglass is exposed to the UV rays, the quality of the shingle will deteriorate rapidly.
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 pretty obvious. If you can get a peek into your attic and you see outside light coming through, that is not a good sign. If light can get into your attic, so can rain, cold air, and snow. Check for light or water stains on the attic floor. If you do see water stains, check on them when it rains. If they change shape and size, then 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 cracked shingle exposes your roof deck to moisture, the enemy of wood. If not addressed, it could cause damage to the bones of your home. This can be treated with a quick repair, but most likely, the entire roof will need to be replaced in 3 to 5 years. A professional roofer can come to inspect the damage and determine if a spot repair will tie you over, but they can discuss your best option for a roof replacement. If there are no other signs of damage to the interior, you might be in good shape!
7. Your roof is old.
Shingles manufactured 25 years ago don’t have the same longevity of shingles made today. If your roof is getting up in age, it may be time to start planning on replacing the entire roof. It does depend on the type of roof you have, of course. For example, an asphalt roof is recommended to last about 20 years, so it would fall within this time frame. Metal roofing, however, can last closer to 30-50 years. Things like climate and proper maintenance can affect your roof’s lifespan as well. Read more about the longevity of varying types of roofing materials here.
8. The Entire Roof is Sagging.
I don’t think we need to say that if your entire roof is sagging, it would be something to worry about. A sagging roof is typically a sign of a structural issue, which would be much bigger than merely replacing the roofing shingles. It could be a problem with the decking, the trusses, or even the supports in the foundation. Addressing this at the first sign of a sagging roof is much easier to take care of before it has progressed.
As any homeowner knows, replacing your roof can be one of the more expensive upgrades you will do to your home. That being said, the most expensive roof you will ever own is the roof that you have to continue to repair or replace. But, it is also a good investment towards your home’s longevity and value, so it’s essential to do it wisely. To avoid running into a situation where the only solution is costly and timely repairs and replacements, it’s best to invest in your roofing early on.