Winter’s cold is fast approaching. This can mean it is time to change out the clothes in your dresser, and it can mean it is time to get your home ready for the just in case. If you know that your roof is having a bit of trouble keeping your home protected, the cold of winter could further exacerbate the problem. Having a professional Huntsville roofing company come in to fix up or replace your roof before the cold weather is upon us may save you a lot of time and hassle down the road.
Signs Your Roof May Need to Be Replaced
If you have been going back and forth trying to repair odd leaks over and over for the last few years, then you may need to seriously consider replacing your roof. Instead of trying to patch what is obviously broken, replace what is there so you have a good many years before you have to do anything other than maintenance to your roof. The better quality roofing materials you pick, the more years of peace they will be able to provide you.
When you look up at your roof, finding spots where the shingles have gotten bald is another sign that you should have your roof replaced. This means that the protective coating of granules is gone, and that your shingles are at the end of their lives. The next step is the shingles themselves leaking and the water coming into your home.
Shingles that are rolled up or curled up around the edges are also showing signs of imminent failure. The shingles only do this once they have been exposed to extreme forces, such as incredibly hot temperatures or sun for too many years. These shingles need to be replaced quickly before the water can get in under the lifted shingles. If only one or two shingles are lifted, replacing the shingles is a viable option, but when a significant portion of the shingles have this problem, a full roof replacement becomes necessary.
Once your roof hits the 20-year mark, more often than not it will need to be replaced. Some roofing materials, like tile and cement, can last far longer. However, when your roof is covered with asphalt shingles, you should start considering a full roof replacement. You may still have a bit of time left on your roof before it needs to be replaced, especially if you were diligent in maintaining your roof over the last 20 years. However, the only way to know this is to hire a professional roofer and have them go up on your roof and look for any signs of issues. They will need to walk around your entire roof and look for signs that your roof is aged to the point of needing to be replaced. If they do not find anything imminently wrong with your roof, then you may be able to put off your roof replacement for another 5 to 10 years.
When you are not sure who to turn to, find a Huntsville roofing company with a great reputation, so you can feel at ease with the work you are having done. It doesn’t take much to call around and find a company you feel good about just by talking. Once you find that company, have them come out and take a look, filling you in on what they see. They may be able to fix the issues you have been having, or they can at least explain to you why a full roof replacement would be in your home’s best interest.
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