How To Know When To Replace Your Roof

Knowing when to replace your roof can take some effort, even if you're making regular repairs. Here are some signs that it's time to make a complete replacement of your roof. 

Age

Roofs can last for between 20 to 50 years, depending on the material. But if you know your roof is older than 20 years, it's a good idea to get a roofing contractor to assess its condition if you're not sure how long it should last. Getting a replacement for an aging roof can improve many aspects of your home, including its appearance and its resale value. Homeowners don't want to buy a house with an aging roof and be stuck with the cost of repairs. 

Deteriorated Shingles

Your shingles can begin to deteriorate from weather exposure, especially if they are in direct sunlight. Having old shingles on your roof can open your home up to many problems, including roof leaks. If you notice that the shingles are curling and loosing mass, then talk to a roofing contractor about getting them replaced. It's often best to do a full replacement, since aging shingles are probably a universal problem on the roof. 

Missing Shingles

Missing shingles are another accepted reason for replacing your roof. When many shingles are missing, it creates a valley that can encourage water to flow rapidly over the roof and cause erosion or leaks. This may not be a major problem if it's only a few shingles, but if you notice a gap that's only getting bigger with time, then you may want to have your residential roofing contractor lay a completely new foundation. 

Structural Issues

Finally, you can tell that it's time to replace your roof when the structural integrity is compromised. If your roof bounces a bit underfoot, or you notice some daylight shining through your attic, it's time to replace. 

Yearly Maintenance is Key

There may not be a cut and dry sign that tells you it's time to replace your roof. If your roof is past its prime in age, but it's still holding up to its demands, then you may not be ready for a replacement. But roofs can also expire before their shelf life if they were installed with subpar materials or by an incapable handyman. This is one reason that hiring a residential roofing contractor to inspect your roof every year is key. Your contractor will keep track of your roof's quality so that you know exactly when it's time to replace. 

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