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Is It Time for a New Roof? Identifying the Signs
Needing a new roof isn’t as easily noticed as some other renovations. After all, how often do you get on top of your house to inspect your own shingles, insulation, etc.? Despite this, it is probably the biggest and most important renovation of your life as a homeowner. Without a roof that’s in good shape, you risk so much else including extensive water damage, siding damage, and even possible collapse . . . yikes. (If you don’t believe us, just take a look at some before shots of our roofing projects). And if that’s not frightening enough, consider that most home insurance providers won’t cover you if your roof doesn’t pass inspection. Luckily, the beautiful minds over at Tycos General Contracting have got you covered!
Here are some ways you can consider whether your roof should be replaced:
It’s been between 10 and 20 years since your home’s last new roof
This is especially important if you have just bought--or you’re looking to buy--a new home. If you can, try to do a little digging and find out when the current roof was put on. If it’s been more than 10 years, you should definitely consider getting it evaluated. If it’s been more than 20 years, you need to. Like we talked about above, most home insurance providers won’t even consider renewing or opening a policy with you without a recent inspection, and you won’t pass inspection unless the roof is in great condition. Of course, you shouldn’t be too worried. A roof from Tycos could last a lifetime! We offer huge warranties on our products that keep your roof protected. That means all you’ll have to do is get your roof evaluated, inspected, and let us take care of the rest..
Something just doesn’t look right
There is plenty of info on our website about things to watch out for, and most of them are pretty easy to spot. The big ones are:
Sagging: the roof appears to be drooping slightly in certain spots. This happens in between support arches under the roof and means the roof is no longer as structurally sound as it once was. This could be a precursor to an eventual collapse.
Fading: if your home has normal roofing shingles, fading can be a bad sign. Asphalt shingles fade over time the same way an asphalt road does. And just like asphalt roads need tedious attention from dedicated construction crews, asphalt shingles need to be cared for too. Fading is usually due to the weather wearing down the shingles. However, darker colors will obviously fade to lighter colors, while lighter colors will stay light (something to consider when picking a color). If you’re worried about your roof fading, it’s a good idea to get it looked at by a professional.
Curling/Cracking: This is another important one to look for. Asphalt roofing shingles have natural moisture when they’re first installed, and they lose that moisture over long periods of time. As this happens, the shingles shrink, curl, and crack which can hurt your roof’s effectiveness. Of course, the best roofers will only use high-quality shingles that will last for years to come. Remember, these things can quickly lead to leaks, so get it checked right away!
You have a leak
No matter how big or how small a leak may be, it needs to be resolved right away. It doesn’t have to be the size of Niagara Falls to cause some serious damage. A tiny leak can cause significant water damage to the structural components of your house over time, lead to mold and mildew issues, and presents the possibility of getting much bigger very quickly. It’s important to keep an eye out for leaks in your attic, crawl space, or similar area because this one needs to be resolved immediately.
Hopefully, now you have a pretty good idea of what to look out for. But if you’re still not sure, or if you have already noticed any of the above signs, it’s important to schedule a consultation with a qualified professional. You definitely don’t want to wait when it comes to protecting your home. Call us at Tycos General Contracting for a FREE professional opinion. You can also fill out our contact form and let us know if we can reach out to you!