IS IT TIME FOR A NEW ROOF?
Re-roofing your home can be a big decision, both financially and from a timing perspective. If you wait too long, you’ll cause more harm than good. A failing roof can mean water leaks, mold and additional damage to the interior of your home. Financially, putting on a new roof typically means a large outlay of funds or a newly acquired loan…neither of which is very appealing to homeowners. So, it comes as no surprise that, for most people, re-roofing your home can be a stressful yet unavoidable aspect of homeownership.
So how do you know when it’s time to put on a new roof? Here are a few signs that it may be time to consider re-roofing your home…
• Missing or loose roofing material…this includes either a large quantity of missing
material or a reoccurring issue that has to be addressed frequently.
• Damaged roofing material which may include curling, cracking, blistering, staining
or breakage…anything that visually indicates the material is reaching the end
of its life.
• A sagging roof…this could indicate your roof is weak and deteriorating, it was
improperly installed or that it might be supporting too much weight.
• With asphalt roofing, when there are large amounts of granules in your gutters, downspouts or anywhere there is water run-off from the roof. Shingles typically lose more and more granules as they age.
• Exposed or loose nail heads which could mean increased susceptibility to water penetration and potential leaks in the roof.
• Any water damage inside your home or attic may indicate that your roof has deteriorated. This increases the chance of mold and mildew growth.
• Missing or damaged flashings, curbs or roof jacks increase the opportunity for
water to leak into your home.
• If your heating or cooling bills have gotten noticeably higher. This may be a result of insufficient attic ventilation or a damaged roof that is impacting airflow.
• Depending on your roof composition, the age of your roof alone may be a good indicator it’s time to be replaced. Further, if the roof was installed over the top of the previous roof then you may need to replace your roof even sooner.
If your roof is showing any of these signs, it may be time to start planning for a new roof. This Buyer’s Guide will walk you through various aspects of the re-roofing process… from things to consider when selecting a new roof to material comparisons and options to questions you should ask your roofing professional. It is our goal to assist you in your re-roofing journey and to help make your experience as seamless as possible.