Have you decided this is the year for Home Improvement? Maybe your roof is on the checklist, but you don’t even know where to start. If you’ve noticed some damage to your roof, you’re probably stuck deciding between two daunting tasks – whether you need to repair or fully replace your roof.
Deciding whether to simply repair or completely replace your roof is a tough call to make, especially if (like most people) you know nothing about roofs. Sometimes you can get away with just replacing a few missing or damaged shingles, but in other cases a full replacement is absolutely necessary. To make it easier to decide what’s best for your home, here is a list of signs that your roof definitely needs replacing.
No, we’re not talking about the organization of those Christmas boxes. Climb up into your attic during the day and check for two things: light peaking through in multiple spots or stains in the wood. If you find either of these, this is an indication that you have a leaky roof that needs to be replaced.
If you’re only missing a few shingles, you may be able to get away with just repairing the bare spots. However, the condition of the other present shingles can indicate a need for a full roof replacement – if multiple other shingles are cracking or buckling it’s time for a new roof.
Roofs will typically last between 20 to 25 years, depending on their composition. It’s a good idea to check your home records to confirm the last time your roof was replaced. If the age of your roof falls within this two-decade timeline, you’ll need to start looking into getting a replacement.
It can go unnoticed, but once you see it you’ll never unsee it. Take a good look at your roof to make sure it’s entirely flat. If you notice any sloping or crater-like divots, this is a sign of (possibly severe) structural damage. In this case, you’ll need to get your roof replaced as soon as possible to prevent any further damage to your home.
Bare shingles are an indicator that your roof is on its last leg. The best place to check for stripped shingles is in two unexpected places: near your foundation and in your gutters. In either of these spots you might find piles of granules that have been stripped from your shingles. If this is the case, your shingles have lost most of their coating and it’s time to replace them.
If you find yourself in any of these categories, Happy New Roof! Although this might not be the resolution you’d hoped for, you’ll find reassurance knowing you’re keeping your home and family safe this year and for years to come.
We know replacing such a large part of your home can be scary, so we’re here to help you along the way:
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