4 Signs Your Home Needs a New Roof
Your roof will send warning signals that its time is coming to an end, and these signs should not be ignored. If you do not pay proper attention to your roof, it could end up costing you down the line.
Knowing what to look for before disaster strikes is an essential part of New England homeownership, especially where the structure of the house itself is concerned.
Here are some major indications that your home needs a new roof:
- Shingles are curling. Shingles that curl up around their edges or rise up in the middle signal an aging roof, and can even result in major water leakage. Shingles that are brittle and easily damaged when touched are at the end of their lives and need to be entirely replaced. This is important to do as quickly as possible, as shingles in this condition are vulnerable to extreme weather conditions.
- Water is leaking. While water can get into your house in many areas, the obvious place to check first is the roof. There will often be evidence inside your house that a leak has occurred, such as water stains on the ceilings and walls or mold that has begun to grow. Even minor leaks can result in wood rotting or other issues, so your roof must be completely watertight.
- The roof is old. As durable as they are, roofs are not designed to last forever. The average lifespan of a residential roof can range anywhere from 20 to 30 years, depending on the quality of the materials used to build it. After this point, repairs or even replacement will become a necessity. Homeowners should check to see the date the roof was initially designed and put in place.
- The roof is sagging. A bending roof is likely the result of a structural problem with your home, and the surest warning that your roof needs to be inspected. The weather could be one culprit for the sagging, or the rafters directly under the roof have started to decay and lost their strength and ability to hold the roof up. This is a serious safety hazard for your entire family.
If you notice any of the above signs with your own roof, chances are good that it will need to be repaired or replaced. To determine how you should move forward, contact Burke Roofs at (781) 246-5622 or fill out our contact form online!