One of the most significant expenses for homeowners is replacing the roof. Here are some ways to tell if it might be time to replace your roof.
Review Your Paperwork
Take a few moments to look over your home improvement records and files to see when the roof was installed, replaced, or reshingled. Knowing a roof’s materials and when it was installed will give insight into how much longer it might last.
Brave the Attic
If you think a new roof is on the radar, the first place you will want to look isn’t your home’s exterior; it is your attic. Get your trusty flashlight and check your attic. You will want to look for any light coming through the top of the house or for the more apparent stains and streaks (which can signal a leaky roof).
Keep An Eye On Your Shingles
It is wise to keep an eye on your roof to make sure it is in the best condition possible, especially if you just had a bad storm. As a note, shingles are supposed to lie flat against the roof. If there are patches that look damaged or are buckling, you will need to do some repairs. In addition to keeping an eye on the roof, check your gutters and downspouts for shingle granules. If your roof is losing a significant amount of granules, it might be nearing the end of its lifespan.
Flashing around skylights, chimneys, and vents helps to seal your roof and protect it from rain and other weather. Taking the time to examine these areas to ensure no damage will help lead to a longer roof life.
Check for Rot
If your roof is sagging, it is highly advisable to have a professional check it before further damage occurs to your home.
Don’t Hit the Panic Button. Yet.
Don’t assume if you have only a few damaged shingles or a small leak that you need an entirely new roof. Contact a licensed roofing contractor to get a professional opinion on the best options for your roof and your overall budget.