Three Ways to Check If Your Roof is Due a Replacement

Three Ways to Check If Your Roof is Due a Replacement
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    Many homeowners don't pay a lot of attention to the roof over their heads, that is until it starts leaking water into the house.

    Since most roofs are highly durable and able to last for years without needing replacing, it's easy to simply forget how old your roof is getting until it starts to show some obvious signs of wear and tear.

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Although many roofing problems can be fixed by simply repairing the damage rather than replacing the whole roof, in some instances it’s essential to completely re-roof your home.

Let’s have a look at some of the tell-tale signs that your roof is ready to be replaced.

Check the Shingles

Inspecting your roof to see whether the shingles are in good shape is an important job if you want to discover whether or not your roof needs replacing. Although in some cases, broken or missing shingles can simply be repaired, if the damage is severe then you may need to consider the option of having the whole roof replaced.

To check the shingles, you may need to actually get up onto the roof yourself as it may not be possible to see them all from the ground. When inspecting your roof, it’s vital to make sure that safety is your top priority and that you use all the necessary safety equipment, including a safety harness to keep you from falling.

Checking Inside

If you suspect that there may be a problem with your roof, it’s not just the exterior of your home that you should be looking at. In fact, a full inspection of your attic can be extremely useful when it comes to discovering whether your roof needs repairing or is in need of a full replacement.

Armed with a flashlight, take a good look around your attic for some of the most common signs of a leaking roof such as light coming in at the top of the house or stains and streaks on the roof and walls. In severe cases, you may find that there is a lot of damp or mold in your attic or after heavy rain, you may even find standing water. If your attic is flooded, your roof is definitely in need of a replacement.

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Check the History

If, like most homeowners, you haven’t been living in your current home since the day it was built or have never replaced the roof yourself, you may not be entirely sure of exactly how old your roof is. For this reason, companies like this one that specialize in roof repair, say that it’s a good idea to check the history of your home to discover details of any work that previous owners have done on the roof as well as get a better idea of its age and which materials it is made from. Gathering as much information about your roof as possible will give you a better insight into how long you can expect it to last and whether or not it is due a replacement in the near future.

Don’t get caught by a leaking roof – these tips can help you determine whether your roof is ready to be replaced.

Image credit: Roofer by Kerry Lannert, on Flickr

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