7 Reasons You Need A New Roof.
(Don't Ignore These Signs)
Getting a new roof is a huge decision, but also a very important one because your roof is probably the most important part of your home.
The problem is, how do you know when you need a new roof? I mean, of course all of the roofing companies out there are telling you...
"You need a new roof because of x-y-z"
But we're hear to give you the truth about when getting a new roof is your best decision.
Therefore, here are 7 Reasons You Need A New Roof.
1. Light Coming Through Your Roof
One of the first things that you want to check before getting a new roof is the inside of your attic.
When checking your attic you want to look for any holes, or light coming through your roof. If you see any light coming into the attic then that means that you have holes, or leaks in your roof.
You should also look for any water marks, streaks, or stains on the wood, insulation, or items you have in the attic.
These streaks, stains, and watermarks also indicate that you have holes in your roof because it's a sign of water getting into your home.
In either case it's very important to get your roof fixed because these holes are a major indicator that your roof needs fixed.
Holes, or leaks in your roof will cause extra damage to the interior of your house, cause your heating/cooling bills to be much higher then usual, and can even cause your roof to collapse in areas if left unfixed.
2. The Age Of Your Roof
Age is a huge indicator whether you should get a new roof or not. The average roof expectancy is 20-25 years, therefore if you have a roof that is around that age, or older it's a smart choose to get a new roof.
When roofs start reaching their age limit you are more likely to start getting leaks, water damage, and other unwanted damages that go along with an old roof.
3. Curling and Buckling Shingles
A great way to tell if you need a new roof is to look at your shingles and ensure that they are not curling or buckling.
If you notice that your roof shingles look like they are buckling, curling, or losing granules that is a sign that your roof is getting past it's life expectancy.
When you start to see this curling/buckling on your roof it means you should get a new roof, or the installer did their job wrong.
Either way your roof needs to be repaired before other complications start happening.
4. Roof Valleys Are Damaged
The valleys on your roof are one of the most important areas on your roof. Valleys direct, and help rain/snow flow into your gutter system.
When the Valleys on your roof are missing shingles, or needs repaired this is a huge sign that you need a new roof because damaged valleys make your roof susceptible to leaks.
5. Granules In Your Gutters
The shingles on your home will start losing a lot of their granules when they start getting to old.
Therefore check your gutters for shingle granules in them, if your gutters have a lot of granules in them then that is a sign you need a new roof.
Another great way to tell if your shingles are starting to lose their granules is by the color of your roof.
Roofs that are losing granules will be inconsistent in color, and you will see darker areas where the granules are almost all gone.
6. Shingles Are Missing
If you have shingles missing on your roof this is a big reason for you to get a new roof. (At-least Repair It)
Missing shingles allows water to get to your underlying roof decking, which will cause your roof to get weak, cracks/holes to form, and interior damage caused by water.
7. Cement/Tar Chimney Flashing
Your chimney flashing is a good indicator whether you need to get a new roof or not.
Older roofs have flashing that consist of roof cement, or tar, and although this method does work in order to be up to date your roof should have a metal flashing system.
The metal flashing system will allow for a more water tight roof therefore extending the life, and quality of your roof.