When looking to improve your Ohio home, re-roofing can be one of the larger decisions you will make. And two key parts to this decision are both your financial perspectives and your timing perspectives. If you wait too long, you risk damage to your roof and home. A failing roof can result in water leaks, mold, and damage to the interior of your home. Financially, putting on a new roof can mean either spending a large amount of cash or acquiring a loan for financing your new roof. With these weighty questions, it is not surprise that most people view re-roofing as a stressful yet unavoidable part of home ownership.
Here are a few signs that it may be time to consider reroofing.
- Missing or loose roofing material…this
includes either a large quantity of missing
material or a re-occurring issue that has to
be addressed frequently.
- Damaged roofing material which may
include curling, cracking, blistering, staining
or breakage…anything that visually
indicates the material is reaching the end
of its life.
- A sagging roof…this could indicate your
roof is weak and deteriorating, it was
improperly installed or that it might be
supporting too much weight.
- With asphalt roofing, when there are large
amounts of granules in your gutters,
downspouts or anywhere there is water
run-off from the roof. Shingles typically lose
more and more granules as they age, leaving the shingle unprotected. Over time the shingles become brittle and fail, allowing
water to enter your home.
- Exposed or loose nail heads which could
mean increased susceptibility to water
penetration and potential leaks in the roof.
- Any water damage inside your home
or attic may indicate that your roof has
deteriorated. This increases the chance of
mold and mildew growth which can result
from inadequate roof ventilation.
- Missing or damaged flashings, curbs
or roof jacks increase the opportunity for
water to leak into your home.
- If your heating or cooling bills have
gotten noticeably higher. This may be
a result of insufficient attic ventilation which
may impact airflow and prevent moisture
from leaving your attic. A damaged or
leaking roof will also allow water into an
attic. The Department of Energy states
every 10% increase in moisture content
within the insulation equals a 25% loss in
the R-value, the ablity to insulate the home.
- Depending on your roof composition, the
age of your roof alone may be a good
indicator it’s time to be replaced.
Further, if the roof was installed over the
top of the previous roof (example: shingles
on top of shingles), then you may need to
replace your roof even sooner.
Is your roof showing any of these signs?
It might be time to start planning for a new roof.
To schedule your free home inspection, contact us today at 614-721-7663.
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