Sorry folks, Labor Day has passed and summer has officially come to an end. Fall is approaching which means colder temperatures and lets cross our fingers now that we don’t face another blizzard this winter. But in case we do, how many of you can say you trust your roof to make it through another unpredictable winter? If you’re unsure this post can serve as a basis to help you figure out if you need to make some changes to your roofing situation.
1. Father Time Has Come Knocking
Many things get better with age; unfortunately, your roof is not one of them. A general rule of thumb is roof should last between 20-30 years before showing signs of decline. If your moving into a new home make sure to take note of when the last time the roof was replaced so you have a general idea of when to look to have it replaced.
2. Shingles Here, Shingles There, Shingles Everywhere
Examining the shingles is one of the easier ways to identify problems with your roof since you can identify them yourself. Along with being a warning sign of a deteriorating roof it will also decrease the curb appeal of your home. Deteriorating shingles will look curled, cracked, or even missing! Even if curb appeal isn’t an important factor to you as a homeowner, it’s still important to track worn shingles so they don’t lead to leaks inside.
3. Drip, Drip, Drop
As mentioned earlier, deteriorating shingles and unpredictable weather are not a match made in heaven. Leaking in your home is probably the biggest and most obvious warning sign that your roof is causing major problems. If you know your roof is getting up there in age it would be a wise decision to head up to the attic and take a look around, especially after a big winter or summer storm.
4. You’re Losing Money
When it’s that time of the month to pay your utility bill, pay close attention to how much you’re paying. If your bill is increasing and you’re not quite sure why, it could be due to poor insulation from your attic and roof. Many homeowners focus on doors and windows to help lower electric bill costs since they’re easier to access. Poor roofing insulation causes air to enter and exit more frequently, this could result in skyrocketing energy bills, especially in the winter since your heating will have to work extra hard.
Replacing a roof for your home is an important decision and investment for your home. Hopefully, after reading this post you put aside some time to thoroughly investigate your roofing situation and diagnose whether it’s time for a roofing upgrade. If it’s time for a roofing replacement, American Design and Build has over 20 years of roofing experience and features a 96% likely to recommend rating on Guild Quality!