Most homeowners only need to replace a roof once unless there is some damage to the roof caused by a storm or an accident. But how do you know when it’s time to replace your roof?
One clue is the age of your home. If your home is over 20 years old and the roof has never been replaced, it’s probably time to get a new one. Look at your neighbor’s homes to see if their roofs look weathered, old, or newer. If any of your neighbors have newer roofs, that could mean your roof needs replacing. Some other signs that your home is ready for a new roof include:
Loose, Broken, or Missing Shingles
Look at your home’s roof to see if there are any missing shingles. A few missing shingles may be able to be replaced, but if there are many, you will need to replace the whole roof.
Also, look for shingles that are cracked, crumbling, or damaged. A few damaged shingles are usually minor issues that Hulton Contracting can fix with a simple repair. But if entire roof sections have damaged shingles, that could mean you need a whole roof.
Storms are getting more intense every year, and the high winds associated with some storms can cause damage to your roof. Look for sections of the roof that may have loose shingles or areas where the roof has separated from the home due to pressure from the wind. That could mean you need a new roof.
Missing Or Deteriorating Flashing
If your home has a chimney, vent, or skylights, you should check the flashing around these features. Deteriorating flashing can compromise the roof’s integrity and allow water to get into the walls of your home. You can also check for water damage around skylights or chimneys inside your home. If there is water damage, then your flashing could be a problem. If the flashing is terrible, you may need a new roof and new flashing.
A rotting roof frequently happens to older homes without roof repairs or replacement. If there are damp areas on your roof, mold spots, algae streaks, or beams’ darkening, your roof could be rotting. Other potential signs of a rotting roof are sagging areas of the roof or having a roof that drips moisture when there’s been no rain.
Get A Professional Opinion
Not sure if you need a new roof or what a new roof should cost? Contact Hulton Contracting for a free estimate. Our expert technicians will examine your roof and give you a professional assessment of whether or not your roof needs to be replaced. If it does need to be replaced, you’ll receive a fair estimate of what it would cost to replace it.