How to know when it’s time to replace your roof

How to know when it's time to replace your roof

As homeowners, we make daily decisions that can potentially impact our home in ways we cannot imagine. Take for instance not wanting to replace your roof because it is too expensive or you cannot afford it. Then you are left with extensive damage in the long run. Knowing when it is time to replace your roof could save you a lot of money and stress knowing that your home is in good hands. 

Old age

With age comes a lot more maintenance for roofing. Typically, roofs can last anywhere from fifteen to thirty years. Knowing the lifespan of a roof, however, is often more complex than you may think. The type of material that it is made out of along with many other factors will dictate if the roof is worth replacing. The right way to know if you require a residential roof replacement is to hire a licensed roofer to further inspect and determine the extent of the damage.

Broken or missing shingles

Broken or missing shingles are amongst the most common problems homeowners face. While some may be repaired, the damage can go further with frequent leaks or cause collateral damage. It is best to make a full roof replacement especially if there are leaking issues or surrounding tree impact due to harsh weather conditions. 

Missing granules in shingles

Asphalt shingles are built with small rock coatings that protect the roof surface from harsh sun UV rays. Over time, shingles can begin to lose their granules due to wear and tear. You may find traces of the granules in the gutters once a storm has passed. If this is the case, residential roof replacement is highly advised. 

Too many layers

How much is too many? This is a question that refers to the layers a roof contains. While it may seem that the more layers a roof has the better it is, this has actually has actually been proven to be false. A good roof should have no more than two layers as having more will only create the opposite effect to prolong the expectancy. An experienced roofer can better evaluate if an existing roof requires an additional layer or if it has one too many. 

Curb appeal

If you are on the market to sell your home, buyers will immediately notice the home’s curb appeal, including that of the roof. It can significantly raise the value of your home if you make the roof replacement. 

Extend your roof’s life expectancy with a residential roof replacement today. We operate around quality work that our clients trust. At Azalea City Roofing, we offer residential and commercial roofing services in the surrounding Mobile and Baldwin County. Contact us today for a free estimate by calling (251) 620-9397 or by visiting our website and filling the request form. We have financing options available!

What to Look For in a Roof When Buying a New Home

What to Look For in a Roof

The roof is what protects your home and your family from nature’s elements. That’s why it’s important to have a healthy, well maintained roof over your home. If you’re buying a new home, it’s important to check out the roof to see what you’re dealing with. The last thing you want is to buy your new home, get all settled in and then have a big roof repair or replacement on your hands. Here are a few things you should look for in a roof when shopping for a new home, as well as how to check the roof. 

Damage – Usually you can see roof damage right from the ground, and if you can that’s not a good sign. Roof damage leaves the roof weak and vulnerable which can lead to a lot of other problems in the home and you may wind up with some costly repairs in the near future. There is some minor roof damage that might not be a big deal like a missing shingle or two. This is something you can ask to be fixed before you get the keys. 

Blocked Gutters – If there is build-up and debris in the gutters, there may be a larger issue. This might be a sign of the gutters being backed up which could cause water leaks in the home. If the gutters are backed up, but no damage has occurred it’s a pretty easy fix, but if there is substantial damage you may want to keep shopping. 

Water Damage – Check around the inside of the house, specifically on the ceiling and walls in any upstairs rooms or even the attic to see if there are signs of water damage. Unfortunately many homeowners will try to cover up water damage, so it’s good to have an inspection done to be sure there isn’t any. 

Age of the Roof – It’s always good to find out the age of the current roof. Depending on what type of roof the home has, it may have lots of life left in it. Ask the homeowners for as much information as possible on what type of roof it is, when it was installed and what repairs have been done. 

Repairs and Patches – While repairs and patching may be a sign of regular maintenance and upkeep, it may also be a sign of a bigger issue. If the repairs weren’t made properly, or they are being used as a bandaid for something more serious, you might end up with a mess on your hands. This is why it’s important to have the roof inspected by a professional to tell you exactly what is going on. 

When it comes to buying a new home, you might not be able to check everything off on your list. Roof repair and replacement is something that comes with homeownership, so don’t write a house off just because it needs some roof repair. Get a roofer out to inspect the home so you know what you’re dealing with and then make your decision from there. Contact Azalea City Roofing today!