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Is it time to repair or replace your old roof? Most homeowners figure they need to repair their roof after they spot a leak in their ceiling. This leak could be due to many different roofing problems. But, what factors really determine whether a roof repair will solve the problem or the house needs a roof replacement?
Here are some tips to help you determine if you need a new roof or just a repair:
- Age of your roof.
How old is your asphalt shingle, tile or coated roof? Most experts agree that a typical roof will last between 20 and 25 years. It also depends on whether it has been properly ventilated over the years. If the roof was installed over another layer or several layers and it is older than 20 years, chances are you need a new roof.
- Shingles that are curling and buckling or lost and broken tiles.
Shingles that are curled or buckling may be another sign that you need a new roof. Look at the slopes of your home that get direct sunlight and if you notice the shingles are curling and losing granules, it could mean the shingles are past their life expectancy. If you have broken tiles and the under lament is also worn down, this may be a sign for a new roof. Sometimes with tile roofs we can pull back the tiles and replace the under lament rather than redoing the entire roof.
- Maintaining roof valleys.
Valleys are one of the most important areas of your roof. Snow and rain flow through valleys and into gutters. If the valley is compromised, you could be susceptible to roof leaks. If your roof shingles or tiles are falling apart or missing in this area, it’s a sign you need a new roof.
- Missing shingles.
These are another sign your roof could be failing. Check to see if all of the shingle “tabs” are intact. If you are missing shingles after a storm and ended up needing a new roof.
- Chimney flashing intact or coming apart.
This is another area to be concerned about. If your flashing consists of roof cement or tar, it may need to be replaced with a long-term, water-tight fitting, which would be a metal flashing system.
- Shingle granules in the gutters.
Look in your gutters to see whether they are loaded up with shingle granules. Roofs tend to lose more granules toward the end of their life cycle.
- Seeing daylight through the roof boards.
You notice a bouncy or trampoline feel when walking on the roof. This means the underlying decking is weakened from moisture. Check your attic to see if there is any daylight coming through the roof boards.