Top Signs You Need New Roofing
Top Signs You Need New Roofing
Roofing is one of those things many people don’t think about until there’s a problem, or until it’s time to buy or sell a home. Maybe you’re thinking about selling your home, or perhaps you’ve recently moved into a place that could use some remodeling. Even then, your roof may still fail to crack your list of home improvement priorities, either because it’s out of sight out of mind, or because you’ve never had a roof issue before and have fooled yourself into believing you never will.
Whether you’re a first-time homeowner or you’re in your third home, it’s always useful to know the exact indicators of roof depreciation and decay so you can catch roofing problems while they’re small and make needed repairs, and to budget for roof replacement before you need it. With that in mind, here are some of the top signs that your roof needs to be replaced.
How long your roof will last depends on a number of factors, from its layering material to its construction and even your climate. Many roofing experts estimate that a typical roof will last between 20 and 25 years, but that’s often with the assumption that those roofs are traditional makes, like asphalt shingle or wood shake. Alternative roofing materials, like slate and metal roofing, will give you a more durable roof that’s built to last 50 or 75 years. These roofing materials also provide improved fire and rot resistance, but they also cost more and require a highly-trained installation team because of how specialized the materials are.
Check your gutters to see if granules from your roof’s shingles are pooling in there. If you don’t get up on ladders, have the person who cleans your gutters or does other jobs around the house check for you. These granules often break loose from shingles that are nearing the end of their lifespan. Color is also a strong indicator of this, as inconsistent or darker granular shading is also a reliable sign of a depreciating roof.
One important thing to note, though, is that you could see granule loss if you’ve just installed a new roof. Don’t panic, that’s normal.
Moisture trapped in roof’s insulation
If you live in a place that receives a lot of rain and snow, you should be proactive about inspecting your roof’s moisture intake and retention. A practical way to do this is to test the “give” on your roof while walking on it. If your roof feels too spongy or bouncy, it could indicate that excessive moisture has soaked into the insulation layer. If you aren’t about to go up on your roof yourself, you can ask the company that does your gutter cleaning or chimney cleaning to check it out.
Curling shingles are a clear sign that your roof needs repair. Shingles curl over time in response to weathering and natural wear-and-tear. Curling shingles are often shortly followed by leaks, so don’t delay once you spot them.
Light seepage in the attic
This is certainly the easiest defect to spot, but undoubtedly the most urgent. Remember, if you can see daylight through your roof, that means water can get in, as well as bugs and other critters.
If you’re having any of these issues with your roof, now is the time to start calling roofing contractors. Ask neighbors and friends for recommendations for roofing companies. Get estimates from three roofing companies, and see if they all say the same thing, and then compare costs. Remember, the lowest big might not always be the best. Make sure your roofing contractor is licensed, bonded and insured, and can give references.
At the Dan Banks Company, we are roofing contractors with the experience you need to install architectural singles, metal roofing, slate roofs, and cedar shake roofing. Call us today at 410-392-9700 in Cecil County to schedule a free estimate. We are licensed roofing contractors installing roofing in Elkton, Rising Sun, and all of Cecil County.