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Do I Really Need New Roof? The Signs…

Do I Really Need New Roof? The Signs…

Welcome to You don’t really think much about the roof over your head until it leaks! Learn the signs of a failing roof so you don’t end up in an emergency situation with water damage and a hefty price tag.WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start writing!

Check the simplest solutions first:

  • If your roof has water damage, don’t jump the gun and assume you need to start all over with a brand new roof. If your roof was properly installed and is less than 15 to 20 years old, it can often be repaired rather than replaced.
  • If your roof is 12 to 15 years old you should make it a yearly routine to check in the attic. Use a flashlight and check for stains and streaks on the wood. Also, do a visual inspection to check for any beams of light coming through the roof.
  • Review the records of your home and roof. If the roof was installed more than 20 to 25 years ago, it’s probably due for replacement. Check the exterior of the roof also. Visually inspect to see if the shingles are lying flat, if they are missing, cracked, buckling or damaged. Another sign of an aging roof is shingle granules in the gutters and/or downspouts.
  • Examine the flashings (which seal the seams) around the vents, chimney, and skylights. Also, check for any breaks or cracks around these areas. Look at the exterior of the roof noting any rotten roof boards that might be sagging and drooping. This could be caused by improper ventilation, especially in the lowest points of the roof. Check for the growth of moss (as well as for fungus and mold) which can be caused by trapped moisture and can ruin a roof.
  • Lastly, make sure all gutters and downspouts are attached securely and are free of debris. Inspect all bath, kitchen and dryer vents to ensure that they are vented entirely through the roof to the outside and not just into the space in the attic.

Inspecting your roof regularly and making little fixes as needed can prevent some costly repairs down the road — and keep those raindrops from falling on your head. There’s another benefit, too: Keeping your roof in good condition will also be a big plus if you decide to sell your home.

Starting over:

  • If you do decide to go ahead and replace the whole roof, keep weather and other issues specific to your locality in mind when choosing materials. For example, wood and asphalt shingles aren’t especially fire resistant — and this could be a problem if you live near a lot of dry brush and trees. Slate, tile and metal are more expensive materials, but they are a worthwhile investment because of the extra protection they offer against fire.
  • If, on the other hand, snow loads are an issue where you live, you might want to consider a durable and lightweight standing-seam metal roof. These can typically cast off the snow before it becomes a problem. But before setting your heart on slate or tile — and we know they look really gorgeous — realize that these are very heavy materials. Some house framing just isn’t strong enough to support the extra weight of this sort of roofing.
  • Start now — before you have no choice
  • Don’t wait until water is unexpectedly pouring into your home by way of a leaky roof. Start protecting your home by using some simple observation skills. If you find problems, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to replace your roof. Many repairs can be made before a major rebuild is necessary.

If you do need a new roof, be aware that this isn’t an average “do it yourself” type of project. It’s tough work — especially if you’re taking off the old roof — and can be dangerous, too. (Roofs slope and are up high… need we say more?- insert link  here for article 1 -Pro‘s and Con’s of Roofing Yourself VS. Professional Roofer)

It’s all looking up- Most people list “Having a roof over my head” as one of life’s essentials — and there’s a reason for that. It’s not just a matter of practicality or aesthetics (though both of those play a part). Your roof is what keeps you and your family safe from the sun and snow, lightning and rain. So cozy up with the knowledge that once your roof is in tip-top shape, it will stay that way for years to come.

Some concerns can be corrected without entirely replacing your roof if you are proactive with maintenance. Call All Weather Exteriors at 204.510.2959 and we can help you decide if this is a repair or a replacement project and if this is something that needs your attention now or if it can wait a year or two.

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