Don't wait until you have problems with your roof to replace it. Most roofs are designed to last a certain amount of time, and waiting until problems arise can cost you more money to repair. Here are 6 simple tips that should tell you if you need roofing work done.
1. Your roof is old
Most contractors and roofing experts will say that the average roof has a lifespan of about 20 to 25 years, depending on several factors such as how it was installed. But as a general rule of thumb, a 20 year old roof should be inspected for damage.
2. Damaged shingles
Look out for any curling, buckling, or cracked shingles, particularly on sides of your roof that face the sun directly. If you notice damage, it's time to get an inspection done.
3. Where your roof wears
Pay special attention to the valleys of your roof, as this is where where rain water and snow melt runs. Damage to the valleys can cause leaking. Also pay attention to your chimney flashing. If it's made from roof cement or tar, it should be replaced with a metal flashing system that is more resistant to corrosion and damage.
4. Missing shingles
If shingles have been damaged enough to be blown away or have fallen off, then there's a good chance the remaining ones aren't in great shape either. At the very least, patching the holes in your shingle roof is something that you should do before the next storm.
5. Missing granules
If you find loose granules from your shingles in your gutters or notice that one area of your roof is a different shade than the rest, it's a sign that your shingles have lived past their expiration date.
6. Daylight through your roof
If you walk on your roof and it feel spongy or bouncy, or you can see daylight from the inside, the wood in your roof might warped from moisture.
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