How to Know When to Replace Your Roof

 

Old Roof

Keeping a solid roof above your head is essential to keeping your home cool, comfortable, and dry. Your roof is the first line of defense between the interior of your home and the elements. While most roofing materials last 12-15 years, it can be challenging to determine when you should start thinking about investing in a roof replacement.

For example, if you notice a sharp uptick in your utility bills with no discernible reason, it could be a signal your roof is starting to fail. Understanding these seven major signs gives you the insight you need to determine the best time to replace your roof.

Age: It’s Not Just a Number

Age is a major factor in determining when to replace a roof. Scheduling professional inspections is important to keep an eye on any potential problems, regardless of the age of the roof. Certain climate and weather conditions can also play a role in shortening the life of your roof. For example, Florida’s harsh sunshine and active rainy season can create more wear and tear on a roof than in other parts of the United States. 

Furthermore, the age of your roof also plays an important factor in your homeowner’s insurance. Some insurance companies may not renew your coverage if your roof is over 20 years old and does not pass a roof inspection. Other companies have been known to pay the actual cash value of the roof in the event of a claim. This means you will only be reimbursed the value of what an old roof is worth after 20-plus years. To avoid a policy cancellation and or paying out of pocket for a roof replacement, review your policy with your insurer before your policy is up for renewal. 

Interior Leaks

Before examining the exterior of the roof, many experts recommend taking a good look inside the attic. Grab a flashlight and perform a thorough inspection of the eaves. Note any spots where you notice light streaming in and any stains or streaks, which indicate leaks. 

Curling Shingles

Once you’ve inspected the inside of your home for problems, take a look at the exterior. Shingles should lay flat against the roof. Weather and age can cause shingles to curl upward at the edges or bubble up in the middle of the shingle. If you notice any of those issues, have a professional inspection done to determine how long your roof can last before you need to have repairs or a reroof completed.

Bald Spots and Damaged Shingles

Asphalt shingles lose granules even when they’re new, so you could find evidence of granules in the gutter at any time. However, if the roof is at least 10 years old, it could be a sign of a problem. Granules protect the shingles from the damaging effects of the sun. Once they fall off, the quality quickly deteriorates. Likewise, shingles that are missing or cracked should send up a red flag.

Cracked Flashing

Flashing is used to seal the areas around chimneys, vents, and skylights to keep them watertight and maintain a good seal on the roof. Cracking in these areas can lead to serious leaks or indicate it’s time to replace the roof.

Plant Growth

Moss and algae can grow on roofs, particularly in humid climates such as Florida. On a newer roof, moss and algae are more of a cosmetic issue. But it can also be a sign of trapped moisture, which can destroy the integrity of the roof.

Sagging or Overly Worn Appearance

If your roof appears to be sagging anywhere, you need to call a professional as soon as possible. Sagging indicates structural problems, which should never be left untreated. If you notice the roof looks old and worn even if it’s not sagging, then it’s probably time to think about replacing it.

The National Roofing Contractors Associations recommends having an inspection twice a year, once during the spring and once in the fall. Whether you need an inspection, repair, or replacement, it’s critical to work with trusted professionals like those at Carroll Bradford Roofing, who can provide expert advice and the industry experience you need to protect the roof over your head.

 

References:

https://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2015/01/06/how-long-can-you-expect-your-roof-or-fridge-to-last

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/home/renovation/a34020/when-to-replace-your-roof/

https://www.bobvila.com/slideshow/7-signs-you-need-a-new-roof-48751#moss-on-roof

https://www.owenscorning.com/roofing/tools/do-i-need-a-new-roof/

https://nationalhomeimprovement.com/blog/often-get-roof-inspections/

https://www.insurance.com/home-and-renters-insurance/coverage

 

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