05 Oct Does Your Home Need a New Roof?
Common red flags that signal your home needs a new roof.
As homeowners, you do what you can to keep your castle safe. From cleaning out the gutters to securing homeowners insurance, protecting your home is a priority. What many forget about is the roof over their head – quite literally! Roofs protect us from weather and safeguard the building, and it’s important that they are kept in top form.
Don’t wait until the roof is caving in to discover that it’s time for a new one. Here’s how to tell when a replacement is needed.
It’s old. Many roofs come with a 20-year warranty. In turn, if your roof hasn’t been replaced in the past two decades, it’s time to start considering a new roof.
There are missing shingles. Check to see if all of your shingle “tabs” are intact. During storms and high winds, many homes lose their fair share of shingles. These slates act as a layer of protection for your home, so you’ll want to replace them as soon as possible.
It looks shabby. Stand back from your home to examine your roof. If you see large areas of disrepair, streaking on the shingles, or worn areas around the chimneys, give a roofer a call.
It’s letting in light. Once you step onto your roof and notice a spongy feel, you’ll know that the underlying decking is weakened from moisture. Check your attic to see if there is daylight coming through the roof boards.
There are shingle granules in the gutters. Look in your gutters. Are they loaded with shingle granules? If you see grains of shingles in your gutters, yard, and landscaping, it’s a sign that the roof is getting old. Roofs lose more granules towards the end of the life cycle.
Your energy bills are rising. A good roof acts as an insulator against the heat and cold coming into your home. If it’s not doing its job, you’ll notice an increase in utility bills, because your air conditioner or heater is having to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature.
A roof replacement is an expensive investment in your home, so make sure it’s done right. Once your new and improved roof is up and running, you’ll need to protect it! Contact Kevin or Marci to get started on securing homeowners insurance today!