A roof is one of the most important parts of the house. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most commonly overlooked parts of the home. Once it’s installed homeowners tend to forget about it.
Getting a roof replacement is expensive. As such, it is important to keep your roof in top shape to prevent premature wearing. But what if you find that your roof isn’t good shape upon inspection? Should you have it repaired or should you consider getting a replacement?
Here are 4 warning signs that your need a new roof:
Shingle granules in gutter
Gutter cleaning should be a part of your spring cleaning tasks. While you’re at it, you might want to check the gutters for loose shingle granules. Minor granule shedding is normal, but if you notice a lot of loose granules in your gutter, then this is a sign that your shingles are deteriorating.
These granules keep your roof weather proof. Without them, your roof won’t do a great job of protecting your elements like strong wind or heavy rain. In this case, consider a roof replacement.
If you spot a missing shingle, make sure that you have it fixed as soon as possible. Otherwise, water and moisture will find its way into your property. When this happens, it may lead to more complicated problems like water damage and mold.
Replacing one or two shingles is a pretty easy task. The problem is that it can be quite difficult to find a new shingle that matches the color of the old one. If you’re only replacing one or two shingles, it’s fine. But if you find yourself replacing a few shingles here and there, and your roof started to look like a checkerboard, consider getting a new roof instead.
If you notice a curve or dip on the peak of your while standing outside your home, then you have a sagging roof. A sagging roof isn’t just unsightly, it can also be dangerous. If left unaddressed, your roof may collapse eventually. It is best to just have it replaced to avoid damage to your property and keep your family safe from harm.
Your roof is 20 years old
The lifespan of a roof usually varies depending on the material used and upkeep. But most of them have an average lifespan of 15 to 30 years. If your roof is over 20 years old, this means that it is about to reach the end of its life expectancy. If your do regular inspection and you find that your roof is still in great shape, then it should still be good for a few years. However, if it’s in a bad shape, the entire thing will need replacing.
Homes that were built around the same time usually experience the same types of issues. If you notice that your neighbors are already getting a new roof, this is a sign that you should do the same.