A roof is one of your homes first line of defiance to protect against the weather’s heat, wind, rain, and snow. It’s an important part of the structure and integrity of your home and a major part of a home’s energy-efficiency. A damaged or old roof that is in need of repair or replacement can cause costly damage to the inside of your home, cause health concerns with mold and mildew and decrease the look and value of your home. It’s important to keep these 5 things in mind when considering if you need to replace your roof.
- The Age of Your Roof
They say age is just a number but asphalt shingle roof has about a 20-25-year lifespan. If you’re not sure how old your roof is checked your records or age of your home to see if it’s over 20 years old. If you find this to be true, then it’s time to have your roof inspected because chances are it’s time to plan for a new roof. Different factors can way in such as quality of your shingles and if the roof was installed over existing layer of shingles.
- Check Your Attic
Look for light and water stains these are important signs your roof could be leaking. If you catch a small leak in time you might patch it, but if ignored, it could cost you a large amount of structural water damage and expenses. So it’s important to check your home for any leaks at least once a year.
- Is your Roof Sagging?
If your roof is sagging that is a sure sign that repairs or a replacement are in order. Making your home look bad is just the beginning of the problems you will end up having if you ignore a sagging roof. Do not climb onto a sagging roof because it is not likely to hold you and a professional should be called. Three of the most common reasons for sagging roofs are worn and aging joists & rafters, too much weight, and just weather and time.
- Are your shingles missing, cracked or curling?
Strong winds and time can cause damage to your shingles. If you are just missing or damaged shingles in a single area of your roof these can probably be repaired. If this is a sign throughout the whole roof, then it is more likely a sign your roof needs to be replaced.
- Granules in your gutters
If you are finding a lot of roof shingle granules in your gutters this could be a sign you need a new roof. These granules are a protection on your shingles and toward the end of a roofs life cycle, they tend to lose more. Inconsistent color and shades can be another sign.
If you think you are need of a new roof call the experts at Wize Home Direct for a free roof inspection to know for sure. If you are in need of a new roof you will be given a no obligation estimate good for 6 months. Wize Home Direct uses the high-quality asphalt shingles by CertainTeed that come with a limited lifetime warranty and also can provide metal roofs if interested. Contact us today for more information about shingle roofs and our other roofing types to meet your needs at 828-212-0580.