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How Do I Know When I Need a New Roof?

Topic: Disaster Preparedness

One of the biggest dreads homeowners face is actually right above our heads. Yep, we’re talking about the roof. Thankfully, roofs tend to have pretty long life expectancies, but when it’s finally time to replace them it can really hurt our wallets. But ignoring a worn out roof can be even more expensive.

Keep an eye out for these top four warning signs it’s time for a new roof.

Tips for Knowing When You Need a New Roof

Age

Whether you’ve lived in your home for years or just moved in, every responsible homeowner should know the age of their roof. Most experts agree – expect to squeeze about 20 years or so out of a standard asphalt shingle roof. If yours is older than this, or the current layer was installed over older layers, it’s time to start thinking – and saving – for a new one.

Visible Damage

Sagging spots, leaks and water stains, curling or missing shingles … all of these sign are evidence that your roof is in disrepair. Sometimes, roof damage can be repaired without the entire surface needing replaced, so get in the habit of regularly inspecting your roof from the inside and out. Remember – preventative maintenance may cost a little bit now, but it helps avoid major problems and even bigger costs later!

Signs of Light

The next time you’re in the attic, carefully examine the roofing boards above you. If you see any daylight peeking through or feel a draft coming from the other side, you have a problem. If light and air is getting through the boards, so is moisture.

Granules in the Gutter

The surface of roofing shingles is much like sandpaper. If you find any of these granules in your gutters, this is another sign your roof is reaching the end of its life. Shingle granules tend to break off more on older roofs. Too much debris can clog downspouts, causing additional unintended problems.

What to Do If You Discover Roof Problems

Like we said, roof damage doesn’t necessarily mean you need a whole new roof. Don’t be afraid to reach out to a licensed local roofing professional for minor repairs as soon as you discover a problem. Speaking of pros, did you know that Van Rooy Restoration in Indianapolis does roofs, too? We’ve replaced hundreds of roofs across central Indiana, and earned hundreds of happy customers in the process. Whether you need minor roof repairs, major roof work or replacement, or help with a storm or fire damaged home, we are the team to call 24/7/365!