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It is obvious that you want to replace your roof before it starts leaking or fails completely.

A professional roofing contractor recommendation is that you replace your roof somewhere around 80-85% of the manufacturer’s life of the roof.

For example, one roof with a 25-year lifetime should be replaced around the 20-year mark.

Like most investments in life, homes require maintenance and upkeep as years pass to avoid losing value, provide maximum comfort, safety, and security.

The longer you have lived in your home, the more likely you have considered investing in a new roof to replace your old one. 

Before replacing your roof, there are a few signs to watch for to determine whether or not the time is right for doing this.

Should you replace your roof in the winter?

Some roofing contractors might tell you that it’s never okay to replace a roof in the winter, or when temperatures fall below freezing.

Generally speaking, the best time for replacing a roof is fall, but it is not so bad to replace a roof in the winter.

Consider Your Roof’s Age

One of the first things to consider before you begin inspecting your roof for cracks, breaks, and other issues is its age

How to find out your roof´s age

To determine when your roof was replaced the last time:

  1. Ask the previous owners.
  2. Ask your neighbors
  3. Check the building permit.
  4. Check the roofing company.
  5. Check public records.
  6. Ask a roofing expert to estimate.

A roof that is 25 to 30 years or older may require a complete replacement even if the roof itself appears in good shape.

Older roofs were often built with materials that are no longer useful or considered strong today.

If your roof is 15 or 20 years old, it may be time for a thorough inspection and potentially changed for a new roof altogether.

This is even more critical if your roof as made over an old one.

Start by inspecting the roof from inside out

Once you have the idea of investing in a new roof, begin by yourself by inspecting the condition of your roof from the inside out.

Go to your attic and look for the following potential signs that may indicate a more serious issue:

Beams of Light

Light beams are very common signs that roof require replacements or repairs. 

The best time for inspecting the interior of your roof to catch and identify any light beams, is during the day, using the sunlight.

Leaks 

Inspect the interior of your roofing area for drips and potential leaks.

If your roof is beginning to leak, this will affect other areas of your home and its foundation.

This is totally true if you do not take actions to solve the roofing problem as quickly as possible. 

Another problem with leaks is that water dampness can produce additional rot and mold growth that can contribute to breathing and other health ailments.

Shingle issues

It is important to inspect your roof’s shingles to determine if your roof requires additional attention or a replacement entirely.

When checking the exterior shingles, be sure to look for any cracks, shingles that have curled or bent upwards, or misshapen shingles.

Shingles curled, cracked, or misshapen require a further inspection to determine if they can be replaced or if the house needs an entirely new roof.

Shingle granules or piling up in your gutter can be a sign that it is time for a complete roof replacement. 

Excessive shingle granule loss is a surefire sign that the roof’s condition is not good enough to provide maximum protection and insulation for your home.

Streaks and Stains 

Check all of the interior of your roof and look for potential spots, discoloration areas, stains, and streaks. 

Stains and streaks within the interior walls of your roof is a signal of a deeper and more serious problem in your roof’s durability.

Wind damage

If you live in an area with high winds and major storms, your home’s roof require reinforcement depending on the type of roof installed.

A solid roof that is currently in good condition will remain flat even during massive storms and heavy winds. 

When the shingles begin to curl up, fly away, or break apart after a big storm, it´s time to check deeper into its overall condition.

Cracks and breaks

Inspect the exterior and interior of your home’s roof for strange and out of place cracks or breaks. 

If you see any cracks on either side of your roof, it is necessary to inspect the crack further to determine the root cause.

If you cannot determine the causes of the crack, the best to do is call a professional roofing company for further assistance.

Flashing

Flashing is common in chimneys, vents, and even skylights. 

Be sure to check all potential flashing areas to determine whether or not the areas are leaking or have cracks in them.

Flashing beams of light indicate a more serious problem and requires immediate attention.

It is important to know that many old homes typically use a cement flashing system, now this is considered outdated. 

If you are going to update your flashing system, consider an all-in-one metal solution for longevity and durability.

Exposed Nails

If there are many exposed nails in the shingles on or in the base of your roof, you should inspect the area more carefully.

Excessively exposed nails can signify a potential leak or unwanted cracks in your roofing. 

If there are many nails exposes, this is signal of a previous poor job and low quality from the contractor.

Rotting Roof

A rotting roof is a bad sign, and you must check deeper.

If you see multiple damp areas, mold spots, and the darkening of specific beams, your roof may be rotting or may have a dampness issue.

If your roof has areas that are sagging or dripping with moisture, surely your roof is rotting. 

In some cases, it is possible to replace and repair specific beams and areas affected by water damage. 

However, in most cases, when a roof is rotting or soaked with water the best action is replace the entire roof. 

If a roof is dampened, soaked, or rotting and is left alone, it produces and spreads mold, this is bad for your family health. 

As mold grows and begins to spread, it can find its way into airways, vents, and ducts throughout your home. 

Illnesses related with mold include lung issues, bacterial infections, and even pneumonia.

Excessive nature growths 

Nature plants grow over any structure in its path if it is not properly tended to and maintained.

Most plant growths are likely to be visible from the exterior and outside of your roof, but sometimes, they grow indoors without your knowledge.

Sometimes, treating and eliminating nature growths from a roof is a way to quickly remedy the issue. 

However, if there are excessive growths around your roof or inside of your home, it is necessary to call a professional to eliminate the growths.

When a roof has been completely overtaken by growths in nature, usually you need to replace the whole roof.

Chimney Cricket

This is a solution that acts as an additional roof for a home’s chimney which collects debris, dirt, and water buildup. 

Without this, there is the risk of furthering problems in your home from leakage, water damage, and even from nature outdoors. 

There is a massive roof replacement in your neighborhood.

If all of your neighbors have already replaced their roofs, it is time to take a look at your own.

If you are unsure of the age of your roof, a good way to know that is asking a long-time neighbor.

He surely knows when your roof was last replaced and whether or not it was installed brand new.

Our team of roofing specialists are happy to assist you.We are best Roof company.

Also, you can take advantage of our Free roof inspection to determine your roofing needs

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