It’s easy to underestimate just how important it is to make sure that your home’s roof is in good condition. It’s important to regularly check your roof for damage, especially if you live in an area that’s subject to severe weather conditions.
“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.” – John F. Kennedy
Obviously, if you’ve just woken up to the roof leaking, or to the sun shining in through the holes in the ceiling, then you’re going to need to repair the roof. Short of that, however, here’s what you need to know in order to tell if you need a new roof or not:
How old is your roof? Roofs only last so long. The material that your roof is made from will determine exactly how long it’s expected to last, but in general, if your roof is more than 20 years old, then you might need a new roof, especially if there are signs of roof damage. A careful inspection once or twice a year, in addition to a good once-over after every storm, will help you head off any potential problems, and will save you money in the long run, too!
Are there visible signs of damage? Depending on the extent of damage, you might be looking at a partial or full roof replacement. Cracked, missing, or deformed shingles or tiles are clear signs that those, at least, will need to be replaced, and may indicate a larger problem. If your shingles look dirty or discolored, or if you find a lot of shingle granules in your drain, then your shingles are getting on in age and need replacing.
Make sure to check the southern side of your roof closely: it receives more exposure to the sun during the day than the other sides of your roof, and often will show damage due to wear before the other sides.
Is your roof leaking? Short of a visible leak, there are signs that indicate that your roof is taking in water. Dark spots in the attic or ceiling, as well as the presence of mold or algae, are clear signs that there is a leak somewhere.
Having determined that you most likely need a replacement roof, it’s time to call in your insurance adjuster to assess the damage. Depending on your situation, there are a couple of options for you to consider when picking out a new roof.
Stay tuned for Part 2, coming soon, where we will discuss some of the options for roof replacement.