Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Residential Roof – The opinions expressed by the author in this and all blogs are not necessarily those of Gainesville Restoration and Remodeling.
Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Residential Roof
After owning your home for some time, you’ll begin to notice imperfections and signs that it may be time to replace your roof. To the unknowing eye, these may go unnoticed, but by looking out for these telltale signs, you’ll be able to ensure you get your roof replaced before it’s too late.
Look For Specific Signs
Your residential roof can endure a lot over the years, but you’ll want to keep your eye specifically on these signs that it’s time for a replacement. Knowing if it’s time to replace your roof can depend on the following factors:
- Age of your roof
- Material of your shingles
- Condition of your shingles (i.e. cracked, damaged, or missing)
- Storm damage
- Rotting or trapped moisture
- Plants and incessant moss growth
- Cracks or breaks in the roof flashing
- Water damage
Having a damaged roof can cause your heating and cooling bills to increase and can also be rather dangerous if it’s caving in or sagging throughout your home. Take account of the conditions of your roof indoors as well. Make sure to check the underside of your roof in your attic to look for shiners or nails sticking out where they shouldn’t be to cover all your bases.
Know How to Finance Your Repair
Replacing your roof can be a costly endeavor, so you’ll want to be sure you have the funds to properly fix the damage that’s been done. The quicker you realize where your roof is deteriorating, the quicker you can get to the root of the problem, lessening how much you’ll have to spend on your project. Preparing a roof replacement budget can be beneficial if you’re doing consistent preventative maintenance, and can allow you to use money here and there on your roof repair.
Another financing option that would add more money to your roof replacement budget could come from your utilizing your home’s equity. A home equity loan can give you a full lump sum of cash all at once to put towards any home improvement project, allowing it to become tax deductible. When replacing your roof you have a variety of materials to choose from, and we can help you decide what is best for your home and budget.
Prepare For Future Maintenance
In order to prolong the lifetime of your new roof, you’ll want to adhere to some routine roof maintenance tips. Preventative roof maintenance is the best way to ensure your roof lasts up to 60% longer than reactively maintained roofs. Use binoculars or a sturdy ladder, and use a spotter to ensure you’re following the best safety practices.
Throughout the inside of your home, look for any warning signs and take note of new water spots or cracks in your ceiling. If you have an attic you don’t check on too much, begin to make this part of your maintenance routine, along with checking on your roof at least twice a year. After large winds or winter storms, it’s best to check your roof for any damage or holes that could’ve come about and repair them quickly to ensure they won’t get worse. By using our clean up and recovery services, you can be assured that your roof is in great condition all year long. Leaving damages untouched can lead to replacing your roof sooner rather than later. Taking preventative measures is key to the longevity of your new investment.
Following through with preventative maintenance and inspections throughout the year will ensure your roof is getting the care and attention it needs. If you find that your roof is in need of a replacement, consider your financing options.