If your roof isn't protecting your home properly, imagine the type of damage you could have on your hands. Sure, everything in your home is replaceable, except for you and your other family members living beneath that roof, but imagine having to replace everything. It could bee very costly, not to mention having to pay for the repairs to your home as well. If your roof is not in good shape, it's time to have it replaced. If you aren't sure if you you should have your roof replaced, read on for a few ways to tell.
1. The Roof Is Old
Just because your roof is not leaking, doesn't mean it is still in good shape. Your aging roof may be just one storm away from a home disaster. If your roof is old, changes are the wood below is beginning to wear as well, not to mention the shingles themselves are not going to be able to withstand damage the way a new roof can. If your roof is older than 15 years old, you should consider getting a new roof installed on your home.
2. Your Shingles Are Shiny
Your asphalt roof should have small granules on it to help protect your home and your roof from outside elements and to help repel water. If you have a shiny roof, it means these granules are gone and your roof isn't as protected as it should be. If you see shine on your roof, consider having the roof replaced.
3. Your Roof Has Wet Spots
If your roof has wet spots on it long after it has rained or long after the snow has melted, you may need to replace your roof, as this can indicate a leak in your roof. The shingles and the wood below are holding onto the moisture and it's soaking in, which means you could also have a mold and mildew problem as well. Have your roof replaced.
4. Your Roof Is Leaking
If your roof is leaking into your home, you may have noticed either water dripping in through your ceiling, or you could have water stains in your ceiling or on your walls. If this is the case, you need to have your roof repaired, or even replaced depending on how badly damaged your roof is. If your roof is leaking, have your roof inspected and replaced/repaired as needed.
If you aren't sure if you should have a new roof installed on your home, have your roof inspected by a professional roofing contractor and installed as needed.