A roof is your home’s protector. It protects your possessions, you home’s structure, and more. As time passes, unfortunately, a roof will eventually need to be replaced. It is essential to periodically check your roof for any damage, wear and tear so you can proactively take action to replace your roof as soon as possible once you have identified the need. Doing so will prevent potential internal damage to your home.
How Long Will a Roof Last?
There are a number of factors that impact how long your roof might last, including the type of materials used, the number of shingle layers, and the overall age of the home. As roofing contractors in the Chicago suburbs, Pro Home 1, Inc finds that a roof needs replacing after 15 to 20 years on older homes.
Signs indicating You May Need to Replace Your Roof
Assuming all else is well, the age of a roof generally determines if it should be replaced or not. Have your roof inspected once it reaches the 15 year mark, or if you are unsure of its age, to determine if it needs to be replaced.
There are times when a roof needs to be repaired or replaced before its time. It is a good idea to be aware of the several interior and exterior signs that may indicate this need.
Exterior signs include:
- Bent, cracked or missing flashing
- Algae growth
- Stained shingles
- Loss of granules on shingles
- Buckling, sagging or curling
- Missing shingles
- Soft or mushy water damaged shingles
Interior signs include:
- Peeling or cracked paint
- Water stains on the walls or ceiling
- Attic water after a heavy rainfall
- Higher than normal energy bills
- Mildew or mold
How Can I Keep My Roof in good condition?
Periodically checking your roof for the signs listed above, ensuring proper attic ventilation, immediately taking care of any leaks, and watching for conditions that can foster moss, mold, mildew or rot is essential to keeping your roof in good shape.
The minute you suspect an issue, contact Pro Home 1, Inc to come out and inspect your roof to determine what actions need to be taken. This step could save you thousands of dollars in the long run. In many cases, if caught early enough, weather damage and leaks can be repaired; but if you wait too long and too much damage is done, then you will have to replace your entire roof.