The change in temperature is a sign that winter will soon make its appearance. It also means it’s time for you to protect your home from the wrath of old man winter. Before the cooler weather takes hold, you want to ensure that your roof is at its prime and won’t succumb to leaks or other serious hazards. The following are 5 sure signs you might be in need of a new roof.
The Age of the Roof
With the chill of winter fast approaching, you want to do everything you can to ensure a toasty and warm home environment for your family. You also want to save on energy costs by filling drafts, adding proper insulation and switching to a programmable thermostat. If you’re looking to prepare other areas of your dwelling before the cold air hits, you want to assess the age of your roof. The average lifespan for a typical roof is between 20 and 26 years. If your roof hits the 20 year mark, it’s especially important for you to keep a watchful eye. This allows you to determine the condition of the roof and mindful of areas that may show wear and tear. If you aren’t the first homeowner of the dwelling, and the age is not known, your utility bills may hold the key to its maturity. Heating bills that continually creep up in price during the winter may be caused by an old roof and poor insulation.
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A new roof offers protection to your family and property. It also provides peace of mind through the toughest of winters and snow, ice and rain are at heightened levels. If you’re wondering about the condition of your roof, you want to assess its valleys. Things to look for include missing shingles or valleys where the material may be falling apart. Since rain and snow flow through these important areas, you want to ensure they’re not compromised and prone to leaking. If you’re a new homeowner, you can have it inspected by the experts.
As a homeowner, you need to properly maintain your dwelling over its lifetime to retain its fair market value. It’s especially important before the winter months to ensure that your home is ready for the inclement weather. Before rain, wind, ice and snow hit, you want to check for water penetration. A roof that leaks is a sure sign that you may need a new roof or roof repairs. Inspect your attic periodically, especially after a rainstorm for signs water may be getting inside your dwelling. If you don’t repair or replace the leaky roof before winter, you could be set up for costly hazards such as ice dams and water damage throughout your home’s interior. Replacing or repairing your home’s roof can also ensure that the problem won’t worsen over time.
Daylight Through Boards of Roof
If you’re worried about the condition of your roof, you don’t want to inspect it for deterioration during the winter months. The roof could be slippery from snow and ice, and you may be susceptible to falling. During the fall is the optimum time to walk over the existing roofing material to determine if it’s bouncy or spongey. If it is, moisture may have weakened the decking material. Your attic can also show signs of damage if you see daylight through the boards of your roof. Your attics insulation may show signs of moisture, so be sure to check for dampness.
Condition of Shingles
A major sign that most homeowners find the easiest to locate is the condition of your roofing shingles. Material that is worn, missing or buckling can mean that it’s time for you to invest in a new roof before the start of winter. You also want to assess shingle grit. The black granules fall off the roofs surface and prove bothersome for homeowners by clogging gutters. Without the coating to protect your shingles, the roofing material can bake in the sun and quickly rot and deteriorate. You’ll be able to assess the dirty colored granules if you or a professional cleans your gutters and notices the darkened blemishes.
Homeowners typically wait until their home is showing serious signs of distress before they rectify the situation. A leaky roof or damaged shingles can be sure signs your roof may be in need of some immediate assistance. Before winter rears its cold and snowy head, you want to find the peace of mind that only a new roof can afford you.
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