Many homeowners focus on renovating their homes' interior parts and either forget or completely ignore the roof. Quite too often, they'll wait until they spot a leak in the ceiling and also water pouring through to take the necessary action. Don't let this be you. Instead, you should look out for signs that indicate the need for roof replacement. Then, hire a roofer to renovate a part of the roof or replace the whole of it. Below are three indicators that it's time to get a new roof.
You Have an Old Roof
Whether you live in an owned, rented, or inherited house, it is essential to know how old the roof is. With proper maintenance, an asphalt shingle roof can last for about 20 years, give or take. It will start showing signs of damage thereafter, and only an experienced roofing contractor can give professional advice and provide a proper fix.
The contractor may suggest repairing or replacing the entire roof, depending on its current condition. For example, a roof already caving in requires a complete overhaul and, therefore, may be worth the investment.
Shingles Have Changed Their Shape
If the shingles have curls or if they've changed their shape, the chances are your roof is dangerous. Look at the slopes of your house from an angle that gets direct sunlight. Check if the shape of the shingles has changed. If you see a different shape from the usual one, your roof could be defective.
In such a case, hiring a professional roof contractor is the best decision. The contractor will inspect your roof to determine whether they can rearrange the shingles to fix the problem.
In the case where rearranging the shingles will not solve the problem, the contractor will advise that you replace the existing shingles with new ones to restore your roof's quality.
Your Roof Lets Light Through
If your roof is allowing light inside your house, moisture could have damaged the roof boards or the insulation. Should this be the case, only a professional roofing contractor can offer the best solution to the problem. Again, the contractor will inspect the roof's damaged areas and seal the gaps that allow light through.
In rare cases, and especially if there are many parts that let light through, the contractor may recommend the replacement of an entire roof.
If your roof has any of the signs above, it's no longer safe for you and your property. And, if you don't take immediate action when you notice them, the roof might allow in water that might damage the property inside your house. So, when you notice the signs, hire a roofing contractor to repair or replace the roof before it's too late.