3 Reasons to Replace A Shingle Roof

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Deciding when and if you need to replace your roof is a tough decision as a homeowner. It’s one of the biggest costs you’ll incur as a homeowner, but keep in mind, not all roofs need to be completely replaced. Depending on a number of factors you may just need a roof repair to get a few more years out of your roof. Schedule an inspection with a reputable roofing contractor to help make the decision process a little easier.

Here are 3 reasons you might need to replace your roof:

1. Old Age

An asphalt shingle roof typically lasts between 20-25 years when installed properly and maintained over the course of its life. Take a look at your home’s records to determine its age. This is usually the most common reason homeowners decide to install a new roof for their home. Replacing a roof before it reaches its full life expectancy can help prevent more serious issues from occurring.

A local roofing contractor can help diagnose the age of your roof and if it needs to fully replaced.

old roof shingles

2. Roof Storm Damage

If there’s one thing that leads to a quick decision about a roof replacement, it’s storm damage. Fallen trees, hail and high winds can severely damage a roof, oftentimes requiring a full replacement. This is why it is always recommended to have homeowners insurance so you are covered when the unexpected happens. Read our guide on opening a roof insurance claim to ensure you get complete coverage. 

There are many cases when it makes sense to fully replace a roof instead of repairing it after storm damage, especially if your insurance will cover the costs of a new roof anyhow. As stressful as a damaged roof can be, working with an experienced roofer can make a world of a difference. 

A quality roofer will inspect your roof, help you open a claim, negotiate with the insurance adjuster, and repair and replace your roof. Do your research when selecting a reputable roofer.

roof damage removal

3. Attic Ventilation & Moisture Issues

Improper attic ventilation can be a silent killer. Overtime, moisture build up in your attic leads to a sagging roof, mold, roof leakage, shingle deterioration and much more. One of the first things you should do as a homeowner is inspect your attic and roof from the inside of your home. 

Grab a flashlight and look around your attic for signs of water damage and leaks, beams of light shining through the roof, a sagging ceiling, and the smell of mold or mildew. If there are early signs of any of these issues, have them repaired immediately to prevent the need for a costly roof replacement. 

Next, take a look at the exterior of the roof. If you find moss build up and other plant vegetation growing on your roof, this is often a sign you have attic ventilation and moisture issues. 

Learn more about how to properly ventilate your attic.

green moss on roof

Stay Calm

Don’t panic. Often times, your roof won’t need a full replacement and if it does, there’s a good chance your homeowner’s insurance will cover a large amount of the costs. If you do end up needing a new roof and your damages aren’t covered by insurance there is always the option to finance your roof. Bottom-line, you should work with a roofing contractor you can trust and one that you can count on to help with your claim and providing the best option moving forward.

Still Unsure if You Need a Roof Replacement?

Craig Roofing is Akron Ohio’s premier roofing company  and we’d be happy to provide a free inspection and advice on your particular situation. We’ve serviced hundreds of homes throughout Northeast Ohio just like yours.