How to Know When to Replace Your Roof

by Jeff Williams

Nothing lasts forever, and that includes the roof of your home. Eventually, your house’s roof might need replacing to keep it in good health. But how do you know when it’s time to install a new one? Much of the time a repair job is preferable to a complete replacement. So how can you decide which one is more appropriate?

There are several things you’ll need to watch out for if you want to determine whether it’s time for a new roof. Before you call out your nearest contractors, consider some of these factors in whether it’s the right time for a new roof.

Checking the Exterior of Your Roof

Many experts say that you need to check your roof for signs of damage at least twice a year. If you’re going to stick with the minimum two times, it’s best to do it before and after winter. Storms, snow, and ice, can do a lot of damage to your home, so be wary of any ways that your roof might be affected by the weather. There are other things that cause damage too, such as falling leaves or wild animals. When you check the exterior of your roof, you should do so from the ground. Leave getting up there to the experts. Use a pair of binoculars to make it easier to survey. You should be looking for broken or loose tiles, signs of water damage, or cracks and holes.

Signs of Damage Inside

A broken roof can affect the inside of your home, which is why it’s so important to keep it in good condition. As well as surveying the exterior of the roof, don’t forget to go into the attic and look at the interior too. One of the things to watch out for is daylight coming through the roof boards, which indicates the roof isn’t as airtight as it should be. Have a look for any leaks or signs of water damage too. You might also be able to feel a draft or notice evidence of an air leak.

Roofing Material

When deciding whether to replace your roof, it’s important to consider the material. A concrete roof shouldn’t ever need to be replaced, whereas a tile one may need to be after a couple of decades. Roofing contractors will tell you that a cedar roof will last around 20 years while a tile roof could survive for up to a century. A cedar roof can start to fall apart in dry climates, whereas it could get mossy in moist ones. With tile roofs, it’s often easy to keep patching it up, rather than replacing it entirely.

Repair or Replace?

It can be a tough decision deciding whether you should repair your roof or replace it. It’s essential not to rush straight into a replacement. There may be a simple fix to your problem. However, if you have to repair your roof again and again, it may be better to look into re-roofing.

If you’re unsure about whether to replace your roof, speak to an expert for their opinion. However, it’s best to get opinions from several people before you go ahead.

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