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FAQ’s – How do I know if I need a new roof?

How do I know if I need a new roof?

Because we don’t usually see our roofs except from ground level, it can be hard to know when they need to be replaced. However, there are a number of indicators that a new roof may be needed. Here are a few:

  • Find out how old your roof is. Different roofing materials have different lifespans, but the average roof will last for 12 to 30 years before needing to be replaced.
  • Your roof starts leaking noticeably. This is when most homeowners have their roof inspected to determine whether a repair or a full replacement is needed. A single leak is probably an easy repair job but multiple leaks, or leaks that seem to spring up every couple of months, may indicate that a replacement is needed.
  • A severe storm has struck your neighborhood. Straight-line winds, hail and heavy rain take a toll on even the sturdiest roofs. You should have your roof inspected for damage after a violent thunderstorm, as it’s likely you’ll need repairs and you may even need an entirely new roof.
  • Go into your attic and look around. If you notice beams of light poking in, this means that your roof is vulnerable to the elements and your attic is at high risk of water damage from leaks. Should you find numerous leaks or signs of extensive water damage in your attic, it would be wise to have your roof replaced before the next rainstorm.
  • Have your roof inspected once or twice per year. This will allow you to address any problems discovered. If your roof inspector tells you that it would be more cost-effective to install a new roof than to repair everything that’s wrong, it’s time for a roof replacement.