How to decide if you need a roof replacement

How to decide if you need a roof replacement

Does your roof need to be replaced?  Since this is usually a very expensive undertaking, many people want to be absolutely sure before they go ahead and have the roof replaced.  The cost can run into many thousands but it is important to have a good roof on your home or the rest of the house can become damaged and this can cause a higher cost in the long run with expensive repair charges.  Here are some guidelines that will let you know it is time to replace your roof:

Take a look from the inside of your home. If you see water stains in the ceiling, notice that the roof deck sags, see trails or dark spots or can see light from the outside coming into your home, it is probably time to replace your roof.

  1. View the roof and look for materials that are loose around your vents, chimney and pipes. Loose materials in these areas can lead to leaks that can cause water damage inside of your home.
  2. Take a close look at downspouts and gutters and make sure that they are still attached to your roof. Drains should be open, allowing water to leave the roof and the gutters and downspouts should move that water away from the roof and the building.  Water that is not being directed away from the roof can cause flooding or water damage to your home, especially if it is backing up and draining back into the roofline.  Keep gutters cleaned by removing debris so that they work well.
  3. If you notice a large amount of granules from shingles (they resemble sand) in your gutters this means that your shingles have excessive wear and must be replaced soon.
  4. Examine all of your vents that go to the outside of your home. These should all be clear and operational.
  5. Examine your roof to look for missing, bare, torn or cracked shingles.
  6. Check the roof for signs of mould or moisture. Water travels under the roofline until it gets into your home, so you may be looking for this damage inside of your home in the ceiling.

If your roof is damaged and is between 15 and 20 years old, you may be able to have it repaired instead of completely replaced.  It is a good idea to contact a roofing contractor to have them inspect your roof, let you know what they think and provide you with a free estimate.  Get several quotes from a variety of roofing contractors and don’t always choose the lowest price because some contractors that bid too low may try to cut corners.

When you entire roof needs to be replaced you will need to wait until the weather is fair.  Choose materials that are suitable for the area that you live in.  For example, if you are surrounded by trees you may want to choose roofing materials that are flame resistant if you live in an area where there is a threat of fires.  Choosing the most durable roofing material is the best option, that way you may not have to replace your roof again for the duration that you own your home.

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Authored by: Pete Anderson

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