Your roof is arguably the most important part of your home. It protects you from the elements and keeps the warmth in. But unlike many other important parts of your life like your car or your refrigerator, it’s not always easy to tell when something is wrong.
As trusted roofers in the Omaha and Sioux City areas, one of the most common questions we get when we are out in the community is, “How do I know when my roof needs repair or replacement?” Thankfully, roofs don’t typically just collapse suddenly. But they do provide signs that repair or replacement might be needed.
In this blog, we’ll let you know about some of the key signs that you should look for.
This is one sign you don’t even have to look for. Just ask yourself, how old is your roof? At some point, roofs wear out naturally, especially in the midwest where the weather is typically very harsh. With most types of common roofing materials, homeowners can expect a roof to last between 20 and 30 years.
Have you experienced leaks in the home, large or small? This is one of the most common signs of a roof that is damaged and in need of repair or replacement. Aside from the obvious sign of water pouring into the basement or main level of the house, other signs of roof leaks can be brown spots on the ceiling, mold, or rotting wood. If you notice these, have an expert out to take a look right away.
Shingles are obviously a part of almost every roof, but have you ever thought about what they do? Their job is to move moisture off the roof in as efficient a manner as possible. When shingles start to break apart or curl at the corners, the efficiency of this process starts to become compromised and damage starts to happen pretty quickly.
When shingles lose their granules, it’s a strong sign that your roof is nearing an age where it will soon need replacement. You can think of granule loss kind of like balding for your roof. The shingles start to lose the granules that give them texture. As these granules start to disappear and the shingles become ‘bare’ the roof becomes less resilient against the elements.
Your neighbors are getting a new roof.
Odd as it may seem, this is one of the simplest and most common ways to tell if you should be thinking about having your roof inspected. If your house was built around the same time as many of your neighbors’ houses, it makes sense that your roof will age at about the same rate.
If you think your roof might be in need of repair or replacement, get in touch with us for a free inspection. We’ll be in touch ASAP and one of our qualified estimators will come out to provide you a free inspection and estimate.