Too many people wait too long to replace their roof and then realize that they have other problems that were a by-product of a faulty roof. The roof is responsible to keep the moisture out, and if you have shingles or a roof that isn't holding the moisture at bay, then you should expect to see damage of your ceiling, threats of mold and moss and so much more. This is why it is important that you replace the roof as often as needed and know what to look for in your roof to determine if it needs to be replaced. Here are some tips.
How Long Can I Wait To Replace A Roof?
As a general rule you should replace your roof every 20 years. This is just a reference point it is not a hard number. Some houses won't be able to go that long, while others will be able to go longer. It all depends on your climate. If you have a harsh weather climate, you should expect to barely make it to the 20 years before you will need a new roof. If you live in a climate that is mild and you don't get a lot of moisture, snow, or wind, you might be able to take it longer.
Once it hits around 18-20 years you should start taking inventory of your roof. Additionally, as you see your neighbors start to replace, especially if your houses were built around the same time, then you should consider replacing your roof.
How Do I Know The Roof Needs To Be Repaired?
Another important thing to know are the signs that your roof is one it's way out. First of all, you need to make sure that you are keeping an eye on the shingles. The shingles will tell you how healthy the roof is. One of the first things you will notice is discoloration and the appearance of lines on the shingles. This comes from intense wear. As the roof ages even more you find that some shingles actually start to fall off. There might just be one or two shingles here and there, or it could be that you are missing big chucks and patches of areas. The shingles then fall into the gutter, which can block the drainage. If you notice any of these issues you need a new roof.
These are just a couple things you should be looking for in your roof.
By knowing these things you can protect your roof from going to long before it needs repairs. To learn more, contact a residential roofing company.