8 Signs Its Time To Replace Your Roof
Most homeowners know they need their roof replaced when they see a leak in their ceiling or experience a weather event which damages their roof. However, there are many other signs to look for when deciding whether or not to replace your existing roof. Keep in mind that by delaying too long, more extensive damage may have occurred to your roof's structure and attic, costing more than just a roof replacement.
Roofing contractors agree that regular inspection and repairs, as needed, can prevent the need for more costly repairs in the future.
So how do you know when it's time?
Roofing material is a major factor in determining if it is time for a new roof.
As a rule:
Cedar: Cedar roofs will split and fall apart in dry climates. They can become mossy in moist climates. Their lifespan is about 20 years.
Tile: Tile roofs can last up to 100 years, but individual times can break and need to be replaced by a specialist.
Concrete: Concrete roofs should never need replacing.
Wooden Shakes: Watch out for damage from termites, carpenter ants and other wood-boring insects.
Here are some signs to look for with asphalt shingle roofs:
Check your gutters for shingle granules. Aging shingles tend to lose their granules, indicated by inconsistent or darker color on parts of the roof. In addition, poor water drainage on a second story can cause granules to be washed away over time. Loss of these protective granules can cause the shingle to harden from heat and sun.
Harper Roofing offers a free professional roof inspection at your convenience, and will give you an honest assessment of your roof's condition. Check out our 5-star rating on Houzz and our A+ rating with The Better Business Bureau.
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