Roof repair and replacement are some of the bigger expenses involved in owning a home.
Do you know the age of your roof?
The typical lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is around 20 years, give or take. A bit longer if it’s made of metal or tile. Longer still if it’s well maintained and properly looked after.
If your existing roof is around this age, it may be time to have it inspected. If it was installed over another layer and it’s around this age, there’s a good chance you need a new roof.
Look for these other signs of wear for a better idea of when to replace your roof.
Shingles Curling or Missing
Missing or curling shingles is a clear sign that replacing your roof may be necessary. It depends on how severe the damage has become.
If you’re finding shingle debris or granules in the gutter, the damage may be extensive enough that it’s letting in water.
Ceiling and Wall Stains
If you’re noticing stains appearing on the ceilings and walls beneath the attic, this may be a sign water is getting in through the roof. Check in the attic for water damage, areas that may be discolored or wet, and for possible signs of mold.
Raccoons in the Attic
It doesn’t have to be raccoons. If you have squirrels or other uninvited four-legged guests getting comfortable in your attic, they may have made their way in through a hole in the roof.
During winter especially, raccoons and other animals will find the warmth of your home particularly attractive. If you’re not sure where to look, you may need to bring in a professional roofer, a pest control expert, or possibly both.
Over the years, your roof takes a beating from the elements— wind, rain, snow, hail, sleet, and heat. Your roof takes the full brunt of all of it.
Flashing keeps out moisture at the joint areas of your roof. You’ll see it around pipes, along roof ridges, around dormer windows and at the base of chimneys.
If it gets damaged or starts to come apart, water can get in. If left untreated, the damage can become extensive and costly.
Sagging Roof Deck
If the rafters look like they’re depressed or sinking instead of being firm and straight, they may have become wet from a leaking roof.
Depending on the extent of the problem, roof repair or replacement may be necessary. A professional roofer is the best person to properly advise you.
Keeping Roof Repair and Replacement Costs to a Minimum
The best way to keep roof repair and replacement costs to a minimum is to get a warranty on repairs, especially when a new roof is installed.
Just as it is with your car and even your health, preventative maintenance is key to extending your roof’s lifespan.
Have your roof inspected regularly for potential damage before it gets out of hand. Prevention is less expensive than a replacement, and will maintain your roof’s upkeep over the years, ensuring you get the most for your money.
Here at Denver Roofers we have over thirty years of experience. Our services include free inspections, residential roof replacement, and new construction roof installations. Give us a call today to discuss your roofing needs. We’re always ready to chat.