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How to Determine If Your Roof Needs Repair

25 Jul 2016 1:32 PM | Colleen Corrigan (Administrator)

Keeping your roof in good working condition will serve a few different purposes. An excellent roof will provide shelter and structural integrity for your home. A roof kept in consistently good condition will prevent costly and extensive repairs in the long run. A roof that is in excellent condition will be a major asset should you decide to sell your home. How do you know when to repair or replace your roof? Take a peek below for a list of what to expect for when you inspect your roof.

How old is your roof?

The average asphalt shingle roof will last between 20 and 25 years, but various factors can shorten the lifespan of your roof. These factors can include whether the roof has a single or multiple layers of shingles, if there was a previous roof replacement, or if the roof has proper ventilation.

Check the state of the shingles.

Shingles can be the best sign of whether or not your roof  requires repair. Are they curling or buckling? Are any shingles missing? If your shingles are rotting or flaking into granules, then it’s a major sign that you need to repair your roof.

Do an interior check.

Head to your attic to inspect the interior condition of your roof. Is there water damage? Is the roof leaking or sagging? Are there cracks that allow you to see outside light? Look for these conditions as a sign that you may need to replace your roof.

Is there loose material around?

Loose material present around chimneys, pipes, vents and other fixtures on your roof can be a sign of larger issues at bay. Have a professional determine if they can be replaced or if they are a sign of a warped roof.

Is there excessive moisture?

Excessive moisture can mean that your roof is weakening and rotting. Any excessive moisture can creep into your home and cause mold, putting your family in danger. While you are checking the moisture levels, check for proper drainage and that are all gutters and downspouts are attached properly and free of debris.

To determine whether or not to repair or replace your roof or for more general questions and concerns on all your home needs, contact the professionals at Central Minnesota Builders Association.


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