You purchased your home 20 years ago, raised a family and built your life. You always knew that eventually, the day would come when you had to replace your roof. It’s always been, next year we’ll get to it. How do you know when it’s time to get a new roof? Our advice: Sooner rather than later. A roof doesn’t always have to get to the point of complete failure to reach the end of its life. The time may come when your roof just looks old and worn and it’s time to do preventative maintenance.
If you have found yourself in this situation and are thinking to yourself, “I don’t have the money to spend $15,000 on a new roof.” You are not the only one! These are difficult and stressful situations where you’re left with 2 options. Go into debt to purchase a new roof? Or let your home go to waste. There is a 3rd option that doesn’t require stress or debt and in fact could give you more peace of mind. Find a reputable home buying company that will pay cash for your house!
So how do you know if it’s time for new roof, we put together a few potential signs:
Shingle edges are curled or tabs are missing
If you look up at your roof or have a professional inspect it, you may start noticing the corners of your shingles curling. This is caused by years of wind and weathering where the seal underneath has begun to break. If this is not addressed, eventually that shingle will break, leaving the foundation of your home completely exposed.
Bald spots where granules are missing
Weathering also causes shingles to erode over time. If granules are missing on the shingle, it is much more likely that water can enter your home.
Your roof is over 20 years old
If this is the case now, that means your roof was installed before 1997. Tab shingles were very popular and while they were built to last more than 20 years, many factors including weather, ventilation or improper insulation could lead to an earlier need for replacement.
Neighbors are getting new roofs:
No, I’m not saying you should get a new roof because your neighbors are. What I am saying is that if other homes are getting new roofs and your home was built around the same time, then it may be time to consider doing the same.
If you are starting to see sagging or damaged roof shingles in your valleys, this is a good sign that it may be time for a new roof. Water tends to sit in the valleys, causing this sagging which can lead to water entering your home. Water and snow run off your roof via your roof valleys, if these areas begin to sag, that water will sit on your roof and cause water to enter your home. If you have a sagging issue, it needs to be addressed immediately.
If you pay attention to your roof, you have probably noticed dark streaks before caused by algae. While this may not directly harm the roof or the shingles, it can certainly be an eyesore. Dark streaks are not necessarily a bad thing, but they can lead or expose further issues.
Moss is well known to grow on roof surfaces especially in areas that don’t get as much sunlight or are covered by trees. Moss is typically just a cosmetic issue, but if left untreated in freezing or cold climates, it can cause damage to shingles and granules. Moss can be brushed off but it is very dangerous and we do not recommend doing this on your own.
If you have noticed any of these issues and know it’s time for a new roof, do not panic if you are also thinking there is no way to afford it. Instead, eliminate the stress and consider finding a preferred company that will purchase your home for cash, buys it in as is condition and also close in 7-10 days. This way you can smoothly transition to a new house with a new roof already built!