How Often Does a Roof Need to Be Replaced?
How much time do you spend thinking about your home’s roof? Chances are that if it’s working as it should be, you don’t put very much thought into the condition of your roof.
If you’re like millions of Americans, it’s typically only when a strong storm pulls up a few shingles or there’s a serious leak that you think about its condition. But the truth is that we could all benefit from spending a little more time thinking about the condition of our roofs. Keeping up with minor roof maintenance as it occurs can help your roof to perform better and last longer.
But how can you tell when your roof finally needs to be completely replaced? In this post from Powers Premier Contracting in Minnesota, we’ll share some of the signs your roof needs to be replaced. Give us a call to schedule your roof replacement.
Replacing Your Roof
A well-maintained roof may last for several decades. When thinking about roof replacement, it’s better to think in terms of roof condition rather than age. Once the expense of roof maintenance or repair becomes too high, it’s time to start considering roof replacement as a more cost-effective solution. If you’re unsure if your roof needs to be repaired or replaced, a roofing contractor can inspect the condition of your roof and make a professional recommendation.
Here are a few things we look for when determining if your roof needs to be replaced:
1. Assess the Condition of the Attic
Evaluating the condition of your roof from within the attic can be highly beneficial. We’ll look for signs that your roof may be leaking including damaged insulation and wood within your attic. We’ll also assess your attic for drafts and light filtering in where it should not be. While we are in your attic, we can also assess the condition of your insulation, which plays a key role in maintaining your home’s thermal barrier and preventing ice dams that can cause roof damage.
2. Evaluate the Condition of the Flashing and Seals
When you think about the condition of your roof, it’s also important to assess the seals and flashing on your roof. Your flashing and chimney seals around vents and skylights need to be completely watertight. A professional roof repair contractor can assess the seals on your roof to be certain there is no damage or potential for leaks or recommend an upgrade to your flashing.
3. Evaluate your Roof’s Appearance
Even if your roof seems to be keeping up with the demands of weather and sun, it may be time to replace it simply because it has lost its attractiveness over the years. Over time, a roof can develop bald spots that not only are unattractive but also pose a potential threat to the structural integrity of your roof. Replacing your old roof with a new one can change the look of your home and add value, increasing your home’s energy savings at the same time.
4. Check for Shingle Damage
Significant problems with your shingles are one of the most obvious signs that your roof needs to be replaced. Ideally, your shingles will be lying completely flat against your roof. If they’re raised, buckling, or missing, the underlying roof structure may be compromised. Shingles in your yard or granules in your gutters or downspouts also signify serious roof damage. The extent of the damage and the cost of repair will help to determine whether your roof needs to simply be repaired or completely replaced.
Other Reasons to Replace Your Roof
Even if your roof doesn’t need to be replaced due to structural problems, there are other benefits to replacing your roof. Replacing your roof can completely transform the look of your home. If you’re thinking of placing your home on the market or other homes in your neighborhood are getting new roofs, consider replacing your old shingles with architectural ones.
Architectural shingles are attractive, dimensional roofing shingles that come in a wide range of styles and colors for almost any architectural style. If you’re not sure where to begin, a professional residential roofer can recommend an architectural shingle for your replacement roof.
Here are a few more great reasons to replace your roof:
● Reduce your monthly energy costs.
● Shrink your household’s carbon footprint.
● Enjoy more comfortable temperatures throughout your home.
● Make your home more marketable for resale.
● Enjoy a high ROI.
Contact Our Minnesota Residential Roofing Services
Are you thinking of replacing your residential roof? At Powers Premier Contracting, our seasoned roofing contractors work with homeowners throughout West Metro, Minnetonka, and Eden Prairie. We can assess the condition of your roof and help you decide if roofing repair or replacement is the best option for your home.
To discuss roofing replacement services for your home, connect with one of our contractors by calling us at 612-710-7283. Or connect with us online to get a free estimate on your home exterior remodeling project and learn more about roofing options for your Minnesota home.