The roof on your Minnesota home takes a beating from the elements all year long. If it’s not the snow, ice, and ice dams of winter, it’s the wind, rain, and hail during the summer. You need your roof obviously to protect everything and everyone in your home, and that’s why it’s a good idea to have it inspected each year.
With summer here, you may be preparing your roof and home to weather the elements one more season. But, can your roof take another season of harsh weather? We at Younger Exteriors have put together five telltale signs that it’s time for a new roof. Here’s what to look for.
TIME HAS CAUGHT UP WITH THE ROOF
The useful lifespan of your roof depends heavily on three factors: the quality of the roof installation, the material the roof is made of, and the amount of roof maintenance it received through the years. Generally speaking, your typical asphalt shingle roof will hold up to the elements and do a good job for about 15 to 20 years. So, weighing in all three factors of roof longevity, it could be less or more. If your roof is more than 15 years old, contact a reputable roofing contractor for a roof inspection to see if you’re in need of a roof replacement or not.
DAMAGED OR MISSING SHINGLES
When the winter snow and ice melt away from your roof, you may be surprised to find a few shingles missing or damaged. Strong winds and rain can also uplift and damage shingles, and we all know the damage that a surprise hail storm can do to a roof in a matter of minutes.
Walk around your home and look for signs of damaged or missing shingles. As well, look at your flashing and gutters for signs of wear and tear. Are there granules in the downspouts? That’s another sign of aging shingles. Bear in mind, where you have shingle damage, you’re bound to have water damage sooner or later.
BETTER TO REPLACE THAN TO REPAIR AGAIN
Roof repairs can add up quickly, and there is often underlying damage as well to timber or other parts of your home. Do you have water stains anywhere on the walls, ceilings, or floors of your home? These are indicators of roof leaks. There may come a point where it’s no longer cost effective to keep repairing your old roof. Consider the benefits of a roof replacement that will save you money in the long run.
PROBLEMS IN THE ATTIC
Another place to look for signs of roof problems is not on your roof but in your attic. If your roof is leaking, your attic may be the first place to show signs of water damage. Check your attic for signs of water leaks, such as mold and mildew growth. Check insulation for dampness and mold, too. Look for water stains on rafters and decking. If you see any signs of water damage, it’s time you may need a roof replacement to prevent more costly damage!
YOU WANT TO RENEW YOUR HOME!
One of the best reasons you need a roof replacement is simply because you want your home to look great with a great looking new roof! Considering your roof accounts for about half of your home’s exterior aesthetic, the roof is very important to curb appeal and home value. So if you’re ready for a home makeover, start from the top with a new roof replacement from Younger Exteriors!
If you believe it’s time for a new roof but you still want more incentive, consider our 10-YEAR CRAFTSMANSHIP GUARANTEE we provide for all of our roof replacements at Younger Exteriors. You can’t beat that! If you need a roof inspection or roof replacement, call us at Younger Exteriors today (612) 360-0320!