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Roof replacement can be a hassle and if you procrastinate, it can be even more expensive than you originally planned. So how can you tell if your roof needs to be replaced?
Different roofing materials will have different life spans. An asphalt roof will last 20-25 years, whereas a cedar shake roof can last up to 50 years, and a slate roof can last anywhere from 75-200 years. However, there are a number of factors that can affect and shorten the lifespan of your roof, such as improper maintenance, ventilation or removal of the previous roof during your last replacement.
Damaged roofing tiles or shingles are a sign it might be time for a new roof. Make sure you check your roof for missing or broken shingles after a storm, especially a hail storm, or other severe weather. If missing shingles aren’t given the proper attention early, moisture can get in your home and cause long-term issues. Contact a licensed professional for an inspection as soon as possible to avoid further damage.
Dark streaks on your roof may be the product of airborne algae. Luckily, while the algae may be an eyesore, it won’t necessarily damage your roof. It can be removed easily by using a combination of bleach and water. Additionally, a cool, damp climate and lack of sunlight can cause moss growth on your roof. Unlike algae, moss can cause damage to your roof and will need to the attention of a professional to prevent irreversible damage. Today’s Homeowner has a tutorial on how to remove moss from your roof. And, whenever attempting any cleaning or maintenance on your roof, please be sure to follow roof safety practices or call a professional to get the job done safely.
If you notice water spots on your ceiling, you may have a leak in your roof. Finding a leak in your roof is one of the most common signs that your roof needs to be replaced. A leaky roof can cause serious water damage as well as the growth of mold and mildew in your home.
Over time your roof may start to look old and worn. You may notice inconsistent coloring where shingles or tiles have worn away and color is fading. Replacing your roof at the first sign of wear or damage can help protect your home from bigger issues in the future.
When you do begin the roof replacement process, it’s important that you weigh all of your options. Ply Gem Engineered Slate offers the unique texture and color variation of natural slate without the high cost, weight or performance concerns. In particular, Engineered Slate won’t break or chip from hail or other impacts. If you’re looking for a more rustic look, Ply Gem Engineered Cedar Shake could be right for you. Engineered Cedar Shake is long-lasting, fire resistant, mold-resistant, low maintenance and withstands damaging winds.
A new roof, whether you go with a slate roof, shake roof or any other roofing material, plays an important role in the curb appeal of your home. So, be sure to take the time to choose the best roof for your home.