3 Surefire Signs Your Home Needs a New Roof
Unless you just purchased a home with a brand new metal roof, it's likely that you'll be in need of roof replacement sometime before you finish paying off your mortgage. In fact, if you have a 30-year mortgage on an older home, it's a virtual certainty. Yet many homeowners forget to schedule regular roof maintenance checks until there's a major problem brewing above their heads. But to ensure your entire home is as safe and comfortable as possible, you should be aware of these three signs your home needs a new roof. If you notice any of these roof replacement warning signs, be sure to call your residential roofing contractor right away to inquire about new roof installation.
Your roof is old You might not always be able to tell from a cursory glance if your roof needs to be replaced. But if you have an idea of its age, this may indicate whether you should consider new roof installation. Asphalt shingles have a typical lifespan of 20 to 50 years, depending on climate and manner of installation. If your current asphalt roof is over 20 years old, this is usually the first sign you may need a new roof sometime in the near future.
Your roof has missing or cracked shingles The next sign is a completely visual one. Older roofs are prone to split or missing shingles, especially after particularly bouts of bad weather. In some cases, missing shingles can be replaced. But if you have many missing shingles or other damage, new roof installation may be the better course of action. Be sure to get your roof inspected by a professional in the spring and fall to keep tabs on those roofing tabs. You should also check in with a quick once-over from the ground level in between these inspections.
Your roof is leaking water or light Leaky ceilings are a fairly obvious sign of roof issues, as is dampness. While they may indicate other issues in your home as well, it's always a good idea to check your roof first. As long as you're looking up at the ceiling, you might want to take a look at your roof from inside, if you can. Even on a sunny day, this can tell you a lot. If you see light filtering through the roof boards, this is also a sign that shingles may be missing, worn, or incorrectly installed. Whether the problem is sunlight or rain, the damage can be excessive, especially if left untreated.
Forgot about getting a roof inspection this spring? It's not too late to take care of inspections or necessary repairs. For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Abel Aleman Roofing today!