Is It Time To Replace My Roof? – 7 Questions to Ask
The roof on your home is the most important foundation component to your home. It protects your interior, family and belongings from being exposed to the weather outside. A leaky roof puts your home at risk for water damage, mold and falling debris. In this article, we will discuss how you know whether it is time to replace your roof, and what questions to ask.
Age of Your Roof
The first major consideration before having your roof replaced, is the age of your existing roof. The average lifespan for an asphalt shingle roof if about 15-20 years. If your roof is beginning to leak after 15 years, repairs may not be a long-term option. A full roof replacement may be necessary. At 20 years of age, it will likely certainly be time for a re-roof.
Can My Roof Support The Next Big Snowfall?
In Colorado, we are no stranger to violent snow storms and powerful, accumulating snow. As your roof ages, it can begin to weaken. It is important going into winter that you know your roof is strong enough to support accumulating snow. If you are noticing missing or broken shingles, it is important to have a roof inspection before winter.
Do You Have Missing Shingles?
Your roof is only as strong as it’s weakest link. If you have missing or broken shingles, then you have a gap in your roof’s functionality. Rain can get into those cracks, damaging not only your underlayment and wood, but seep into your home as well! Lifted shingles can be ripped off by gusting winds, and can turn a roof repair into a necessary roof replacement.
Are You Noticing Granules In Your Yard or Gutters?
The older your roof gets, the more brittle it becomes. On your asphalt shingles are tiny granules. If you notice these granules clogging up your gutter or outside of your home, it could be a sign that your roof has suffered hail damage (dislodged those granules), or are simply wearing down. It can be early signs of needing a new roof.
Is Your Chimney Leaking?
One of the most problematic spots that we see for roof leaks are from improper chimney flashing. Flashing from metal can help to keep wind and rain out of your home, but if flashing is broken or missing, it can cause immediate leaks. This can generally be repaired without needing a full replacement.
Are New Leaks Constantly Appearing?
Do you continually find new leak spots or watermarks on your ceiling after each major rainstorm? Can you see holes in your decking in your attic? A leak can damage the underlayment and decking that supports your roof structure.
Is Your Roof Suffering From Algae Streaks?
Does your roof have long dark streaks on it from algae or moss? While this tends to be more of a cosmetic problem, these areas can trap moisture causing ice dams. This isn’t necessarily an immediate sign for roof replacement, but is important that you take notice when vegetation is growing.
Not all roofs need to be fully replaced. It’s best to have your roof properly inspected by a licensed Denver roofing professional to help you determine whether a roof repair or roof replacement is necessary for your home. A trustworthy roofer will honestly assess the condition of your roof, and provide insight on to any upkeep or maintenance techniques you should be implementing. We provide one of the most thorough roofing inspections across the state of Colorado, and provide roof replacement services for all types of roofs, including shingles, metal, slate and flat. If you would like to request a free inspection, fill out a form on our website www.bestcoloradoroofing.com or call us today!