Do you know the lifespan of your roof? Have you checked the condition of your shingles lately? If not, it might be time! Depending on the materials used on your roof, and your climate, it may be time to consider repairing or replacing your roof. Before you get into the winter months, when you’ll really want the extra protection against the elements, give your roof a once-over inside and out.
How Do I Know When to Replace My Roof?
If you have an attic in your home, that should be your first stop. If your shingles need repair or replacement, you’ll most likely spot signs of water damage or leaking light overhead. If you can’t access this space in your house, move on to our next suggestions.
- Check the age of your existing roof: Your roof, if done well in the first place, could last up to 50 years in a best-case scenario. Chances are, though, that the materials begin to break down as soon as 15 years after installation. If you can find paperwork to help you determine when your roof was installed or last repaired/replaced, it can help you know when it’s time to get serious about possible upkeep needed.
- Check the existing shingles’ condition: An easy way to determine if it’s time to replace your shingles is to simply give them a look! Sometimes you can spot problem areas from the ground yourself. Look for shingles that are broken and misshapen. Is there any shingle material in your gutters or downspouts? If you’re comfortable getting on the roof, you can inspect hard-to-see spots up close. You can also call a shingle roofing company such as Elite Roofing to tackle this step for you.
- Inspect roof “valleys”: If you’re on the roof looking at your shingles’ condition, be sure to look at the valleys of your roof as well. When plant debris collects in these valleys, the shingles underneath can deteriorate more quickly. If plants are taking root and growing on your roof, it may be a sign that water is collecting somewhere under your shingles, and it’s time to replace them.
- Determine condition of flashing material: Older roofs have less efficient flashing materials around chimneys, vents and skylights. If you have tar or roof cement around these elements, it may be worth investing in replacing.
If you have any questions or concerns about what you’re seeing over your head, please give us a call. We’re happy to provide expert inspection and quotes so you can be better prepared to budget for shingle repair costs.