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Ways to Tell When You Need a New Roof

Stormy sunset on construction siteRoofs are one of those things that are always there and are very important, but most of us don’t pay attention to them until something goes wrong.

Yet identifying roofing problems before they become more serious can save you a fortune in roof repairs. Replacing shingles or making minor repairs is a lot less expensive than having to put an entirely new roof on your home or business.

New Construction Broward – Take a Look at Your Roof

So how can you tell if your roof needs a little tender loving care? There are obvious signs, of course, such as leaks or gaping holes. Generally, if you can see the sky from indoors and you don’t have a skylight, it’s probably time to call the professionals.

But you also can tell by setting up a ladder and climbing up to take a look at your roof at close range. Specifically, you should be looking for shingle edges that are curled or shingle tabs that are cupped.

Other things to look for include cracked shingles, bald spots where granules are missing, or dark streaks caused by airborne algae that can erode roofing shingles from the inside out.

New Construction Broward – The Age of Your Roof

Another way to tell if you may need a new roof is its age. If your existing roof is more than 20 years old, it probably is going to start failing soon, if it hasn’t started already.

Shingles aren’t designed to last forever. While today’s shingles are produced for durability, that wasn’t always the case. Like it or not, the shingles on your roof probably have an expiration date.

If you aren’t sure or don’t remember when your roof was put on your home, take a look at your home files. There could still be a receipt from the builder who put your roof on.

Homeowners who bought the house with the existing roof on it can ask the previous owner when it was installed.



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