Since a new roof is a considerable investment for most homeowners, best practice is to recognize the signs you need to replace your roof before it gets to that point.
Prepare ahead of time so you can make smart financial decisions and not end up in a bind. Here are some questions to ask to determine when it’s time to replace your roof:
How long does a roof last?
According to a 2015 article by U.S. News and World Report, homeowners can expect the average asphalt shingle/composition roof to last about 20 years. Other, less common, roof types like slate, copper or fiber cement may last longer.
The lifespan of a roof is affected by more features than most homeowners realize as well. In addition to obvious things like local weather patterns, research shows homeowners who ensure their attic space is well ventilated and insulated may also extend a roof’s longevity.
What does an aged roof look like?
Unfortunately, there is no such thing as anti-aging serum or miracle cream solution for an aging roof. And, in this case, it’s more than okay to judge a book by its cover. It’s necessary. Tell-tale signs your roof needs to be replaced can be seen in:
- Curled, buckling shingles, or shingles that are missing pieces or falling apart, particularly in the roof valleys and near the chimney.
- Gutters catch a whole lot more than leaves, including shattering pieces of roof shingles among other things. If your gutters are loaded with small pieces of broken or missing shingles, it could be a sign your roof has outlived its life cycle and needs to be replaced.
- Discoloration and unusual color patterns on the shingles is another common sign that the time is now to consider installing a new roof.
What signs should you look for on the inside?
Again, if water is seeping through the ceiling, there is no question: you need a new roof. But there are several other ways to tell your roof needs to be replaced before you even set up the ladder to check it out from above.
From the inside, look for dark spots and discoloration, anywhere that looks to be sagging lower than it should be, and any signs of outside light showing through the roof.
Another place to look is around the neighborhood. The age of a neighborhood itself may contribute to a roof replacement trend, in which case you may need to start considering the signs yourself.
Most of us consider having a roof over our heads a blessing, but sometimes forget that it takes care and conditioning of its own over time. And it’s never a good idea to wait until you hear the pitter patter of rain coming through.
Instead, a best practice is to watch for the signs and be prepared with a game plan ahead of time that won’t break the bank while still hiring the best professionals to see to the job.
Roof Repair in NJ – Contact Longview Contracting
If you notice problems with your roof, the best course of action is to contact a local roofing contractor. As one of New Jersey’s leading roofing and siding contractors, Longview Contracting can help you determine if your roof is repairable or if you will need to install a new roof on your home. Contact us online today or call Longview Contracting at 908-705-1689 for a free roof repair estimate.