Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
Many homeowners are unsure of how to tell when their roof needs to be replaced. What issues can be fixed by repairs alone, and what issues warrant a complete roof replacement? While every roof is unique in age, structure, material, and condition, there are some general factors that will help you determine if it might be time for a new roof installation.
Your roof is 12-15 years old or older. Depending on the material of your roof, its life expectancy will vary. In general, asphalt shingle roofs will last approximately 20 years—however, this assumes that your roof has been regularly maintained and is properly ventilated. If your current roof is well past the decade mark, it is a good idea to have it assessed to determine whether it is time for a replacement.
Shingles are missing. Over time, in strong wind storms or other inclement weather, shingles will be torn from your roof, leaving it increasingly exposed. If a number of shingles are missing, your roof could be failing.
Flashing is damaged. The roof flashing seals the roof from rain and other weather. Check that the flashing around vents, the chimney, or any skylights is not cracked or broken, as this will lead to leaks.
Light is coming into your attic through the roof boards. Is daylight seeping into your attic through the roof boards? This is a sign that the underlying materials of your roof have likely been weakened from moisture over time and small cracks or holes have formed.
A qualified, professional roofing company will be able to assess the condition of your roof and determine if a new roof installation is necessary. If you have are ready to have your roof inspected, contact RJK Construction.