Of all the parts of your home, your roof ranks as one of the most important. But even if you’ve properly maintained your roof, it eventually must be replaced. How do you know when it’s time to re-roof your home? There are a few common indicators.
1. Age of Your Roof
The answer to how often should you replace your roof depends, in part, on its age. With proper installation, maintenance, and quality shingles, a shingle roof should last your Florida home 20 to 25 years.
Besides age, other factors contributing to your roof’s lifespan include your attic’s ventilation, the climate, and whether trees are present near your roof.
2. Missing, Curled, or Broken Shingles
Curled and buckled shingles are another sign of a roof which may need replacing. So are missing shingles.
Another common sign of an aging roof is missing granules on its shingles. An excess of missing granules often indicates that the shingles must be replaced.
3. Multiple or Large Leaks
While a leaking roof doesn’t always mean it’s time for a re-roofing, it’s an issue you must take seriously. Check for signs of water damage within your home – such as discolored ceilings and walls and soggy insulation in your attic – as well as on your home’s exterior.
4. Cost of Repair Exceeds the Cost of Replacement
All roofs need proper maintenance and may require repair from time to time. But a roof which needs more and more repair work as it ages becomes cost prohibitive.
If the cost of repair becomes too high, it may make more sense to replace your roof.
5. Sagging Roof
Excess water can cause the structure of your roof to sag but there are other potential causes, as well, including too much weight on the roof, or a damaged and sinking foundation.
No matter what the cause, however, a sagging roof is a serious sign that a roof replacement is in order.
If it’s time to re-roof your home, it’s important to work with a local and trusted roofer. A local roofer understands the roofing needs of your community and can provide references from other customers from your area. They’re also easy to reach if needed.
Mark Kaufman Roofing is your go-to contractor if your Sarasota-area home needs a new roof. We have the experience and know-how to do the job right.