One of the most important parts of your home is surely the roof. Since it keeps the outside elements (like water, snow, wind or sun) from getting into your home, a new roof is a bigger investment but it’s something that will last your for the years to come.
When properly installed, a new roof can last you anywhere from 20 to 25 years. Of course, like all things, a roof can begin to deteriorate before that. There are several factors that can contribute to that. Here’s how to determine whether it’s time to invest in roof replacement.
5 Signs You Need a New Roof
- Age – As we mentioned before, the life expectancy of an average roof is anywhere from 20-25 years (when properly maintained). When your roof’s age is getting close to the 20-year mark, it’s time for an inspection. A great way to determine whether it’s time for a new roof is seeing your neighbors replacing theirs. Why? Because the homes in your neighborhoods were most likely all built around the same time, meaning they need the same level of care.
- Faulty Insulation – If you are noticing wet areas in your attic insulation or can see daylight peeking through your roof, there is clearly something wrong with your roof. Both of these things should alert you to contact a roofing contractor to inspect your roof before the damage gets bad.
- Missing Shingles – If your shingles begin to buckle and curl when hot air and moisture build up, it’s time to contact your trusty local roofing contractors. If your roof is not properly ventilated, it can cause premature wear and tear, and will decrease the lifespan of your roof. Missing shingles are a problem as well. Shingles that are falling off or missing are an indication you roof needs to be replaced. In addition, you should always inspect your roof after heavy storms that include high winds or heavy snowfall.
- Dark Spots – Roof shingle granule loss can be due to normal shingle wear, hail damage wear or may be defective roofing product. You can check shingle granule loss from simply looking at your roof from the ground. Do you see areas on your roof that are dark and are missing granules? Or are you finding granules in your gutters or on the ground at the end of your rain spouts? Contact a roofing contractor to have an inspection done to find out the cause.
- Moss Growth – If you are noticing excessive amounts of moss on your roof, it is most likely due for an upgrade. Moss thrives and feeds off of moist environments and can cause a lot of damage to your roof. Not only can moss pull shingles apart as it begins to spread, but if it freezes, it can affect the granules on your shingles and cause them to break off. Moss should be removed from your roof as soon as it is detected.
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Contact us today to schedule your free in-home consultation with a professional from Brandywine Exteriors. We are your expert roofing contractor serving Wilmington, Newark, Hockessin, Middletown, West Chester, Media, and Elkton and many surrounding areas.
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