Is it time to replace your roof? How do you know? When will a repair not be enough? Your home is an expensive investment that needs protecting, but you also don't want to throw your hard-earned money around if you don't have to. You can do a few things on your own to determine which path to go down. There are a few signs that you're due for a replacement.
First, check how old the roof is. You may be due for a replacement depending on the materials it is made of. For instance, if you have an asphalt shingle roof, you will probably get 20 to 25 years out of it. When was the last time there was a repair? Is it the same part of your roof that's giving you a headache now? If it does come down to a replacement, it'd be prudent to avoid making the same mistake in your new roof. Start gathering the information you can so you can be a part of the informed decisions.
Second, take a look at the roof. With safety being the number one priority, get a close look at your roof. We suggest using a pair of binoculars and looking around the house. This is especially effective after a big storm. Big winds can rip shingles off your home. Take a look and ensure those shingles are flat and not cracked or torn. If this happens, there's now a weak spot for the elements to take advantage of. Water doesn't take long to seep into the soft spot and rot the wood that the shingles are trying to protect. Also, check the downspouts for granules. The more wear and tear your roof has, the more granules will get washed into the gutters and downspouts.
Next, a roof starting to sag is a red flag for roof replacement. If you notice any dip in any part of your roof, that can indicate a compromise in the structural integrity. The wood underneath supports your roof is weakening and usually means trapped moisture and rot. This needs to be addressed soon before further damage is done to the rest of your house. Moisture is the enemy and can take hold in the most unwanted places, even in a desert.
Lastly, the best way to determine if you need your roof replaced is by calling us. We will come out and do an inspection. Maybe you'll be able to get by with some repairs for the next few years. Or perhaps we'll find those red flags and save future damage to the rest of the house.
Don't get overwhelmed with the amount of information on the internet. We encourage you to learn as much as possible, but there is a lot of misinformation. Consult our experienced roofing contractors to get the correct information. We will walk you through all the points mentioned above and anything else we might find to give you what you need to make an informed decision. Give us a call today so we can get started on that roof replacement.