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Knowing When You Need a Roof Repair

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It is always a good idea to inspect your roof regularly to see if any repairs are needed, or perhaps if it’s getting close to the time it will need to be replaced. To determine whether you need a  or a new roof, here are a few tips:

  • Age- How old is your current roof?  A properly installed roof should last between 20 and 25 years.  This time frame could also change, depending on how many layers of shingles you have and if the roof is properly ventilated.  If you live in an older home and are not sure about when your roof what last replaced, consider having it inspected.

Knowing When You Need a Roof Repair

  • Condition of Shingles- Shingles that are curled or buckling are a sign that you may need a roof repair or replacement.  Also pay attention to the alignment of your shingles.  Are they still straight, or can you see sagging?  Sagging could indicate rotting, resulting in needing a new roof.
  • Valleys- Pay close attention to the valleys of your roof.  They are the most important part of your roof because that is where snow and rain flows to the gutters.  If your shingles are falling apart or missing in this area, you will need roof repair.
  • Gutters– When cleaning out your gutters, look to see if they are loaded with shingle granules. Roofs tend to lose more granules when they near the time for replacement.  So if your gutters are full of shingle granules, consider getting a new roof.
  • Chimney Flashing- Chimneys are a potential weak spot on roofs and need to have a long-term, water-tight fitting.  If your flashing consists of roof cement or tar, it may need to be replaced with a metal flashing system.

If you start to see any of these problems, contact us to come and look at your roof for possible repairs.