When Should I Replace My Roof?

A new roof is an expensive investment. It’s unfortunately common for roofers to push for a new roof when it might be too soon. Get the most out of the life of your roof with this handy guide on when to replace your roof.

Here are some telltale signs that you may be ready for a new roof.

Step One: Leaks & Light
Look for leaks or light coming in from the attic/ceiling. This is an easy way to tell if your roofing needs repaired or replaced as there is no protection from the elements.

Step Two: Shingle Edge Warping
Shingle edges are curled or warped. This can be caused by both the age of the roof and the wear. Warping can also occur due to an indoor moisture problem in which moisture is not being properly maintained or released. Curling of shingles if damaged enough might let water into the attic thus creating what’s better known as a roof leak. Shingles are not usually the main cause behind attic condensation.

Step Three: Bald Spots
There are bald spots where granules are missing. You can check your gutters for these granules.

Step Four: Age
Your roof is 20 years or older. You may have a warranty or other information regarding the age of your roof and its average life expectancy, check into this or schedule a free estimate with Clayton Hoover & Sons to talk about options.

Step Five: Neighbors Replacing Their Roof
Neighbors are getting new roofs. Homes built around the same time can be experiencing the same types of weather conditions which can mean that your roof could be nearing the end of its productive life.

Step Six: Check for Moss
Moss can grow on roof surfaces that don’t get much sunlight. This can be more than a cosmetic issue. Moss holds moisture against the surface and over time, freezing climates can cause damage like so often found within the Michiana area. The longer the moss has been present the more degradation has most likely occurred. Much like algae growth creating dark streaks, this issue has been solved with new shingles which utilize copper.

All of these factors can contribute to the “health” of your roof and your home overall. A new roof can promote energy efficiency and can increase the value of your home. When you are ready for a free estimate don’t hesitate, contact Clayton Hoover & Sons!

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