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.
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.
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.
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.