Replacing your home’s roof is one of the best investments you can make in your property. Not only do today’s roofing designs look beautiful, they’re also designed to last for as long as you own your home.
Here’s some things to look for to help in deciding whether it’s time to hire someone to renovate or replace your roof:
How old is the current roof? If it was installed correctly and with proper materials, an asphalt shingle roof will last about 20 to 25 years, sometimes longer, and a tile roof should last 30 years or more. It could also depend on how many shingle layers you have, if it’s an asphalt shingle roof, and if it has been properly ventilated. If you’ve lived there for a lot of years and you don’t know when the roof was installed, you might want to consider having a roof inspection.
- Go outside and take a look at the roof. Are the shingle lines straight or do you see sagging or other imperfections? Sagging means that the sheathing under the shingles is rotting. Pay particular attention to the valleys, which are the most important parts of your roof because it’s where rain flows to the gutters and the ground.
- Do you see cracked, curled or broken shingles? Cracked or broken tiles? As shingles and tiles age, they deteriorate. Are any shingles or tiles missing? Check to see if all of the tabs or end pieces are intact.
- Is your chimney flashing constructed with roof cement or tar? Chimneys can be a serious weak spot on roofs and need to have a long-term, water-tight fitting such as sturdy metal flashing.
- Go up in your attic, during or immediately after a good rain, and look for signs of leaks or water damage. Also check to see if there’s any daylight streaming through the roof where it shouldn’t be.
If you’re seeing any of these warning signs, hire a qualified roof inspector give you a professional opinion.