Four Types of Roofs and When to Replace Them

If you have owned your home for more than 20 years, or if you recently bought a home and aren’t sure of the last time the roof was replaced, you may be wondering if it is time to replace your roof. Most roofs last a minimum of 20 years, depending on the type of roof. Here are four common types of roofs and when they need to be replaced.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roof, largely because the shingles are affordable and easy to install. They are also fairly durable and protect your home from the elements. Most asphalt roofs last about 20 to 25 years. However, with additional wear due to weather, your roof may need to be replaced sooner. When the shingles are turning upward at the corners, have lost their grit, or are missing in several areas, it is time to consider replacement.

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Preparing for the Rainy Season: Three Things to Do for Your Home

Summer is over, and the rainy season of fall has begun. Before we get too much rain, it is important to protect your home against the heavy storms that can blanket the area. If your home is in disrepair at the beginning of this season, you are likely to face some major repairs in the future. Here are three things you should do for your home to prepare for the stormy weather.

Roof Inspection

You should get a roof inspection before the rainy season starts, especially if your roof is over a decade old. A complete inspection of your roof could turn up loose or damaged shingles, holes, or other issues that need to be resolved. Getting these problems taken care of now will keep them from becoming worse throughout the fall and winter. If you do not get the necessary roof repairs before the storms hit, you could be facing more extensive repairs or a complete replacement of your roof later on.

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3 Signs You Need a New Roof

Your roof is your home’s protector. Without a sturdy roof, your possessions and the rest of your home becomes vulnerable to weather damage, particularly when there is precipitation. It is important to keep your roof in good working order and replace it as necessary. But when is a complete roof replacement necessary? Here are four signs that you need a new roof.

Age

How old is your roof? If your roof is more than 20 years old, it is probably time for a replacement. While shingles are made for durability, most roofs expire within about 20 years. Weather damage and other factors may also make your roof last a shorter amount of time. If your roof is over 20 years old, you should start with a roof inspection to see if it’s time for a replacement.

Signs of Wear

There are several signs of wear that mean it is time for a new roof. If the majority of the shingles are curling or cupped, it means that the shingles are worn and need to be replaced. There may also be bald spots where granules are missing or cracked shingles. The roof may also just look old and worn from the outside.

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