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How to Determine if your House Need a New Roof

How often can you say you really look at your roof?  No matter how old your house is, be sure to assess how sturdy the roof is and how much damage it has. From there, you can then determine if a new roof is necessary.

When analyzing your roof, some damages may include buckling, rotting, leaking, and blistering.  Regrettably, these damages require more than a simple repair.  Here is a description of each problem so you can see if these issues are present in your roof:

  • Buckling:  If the shingles on your roof are starting to roll up, that means your roof is buckling.  Over time, especially with older roofs, this issue may occur.
  • Rotting:  Your roof might incur what is called “roof algae.”  This rotting occurs when the roof mat absorbs the air’s moisture, causing the shingles to crumble, causing the roof to become weak and volatile.
  • Leaking and Blistering:  If you notice spots on your ceiling that may be a sign that your roof may be leaking.  If you notice multiple ceiling spots, it is time to get a new roof.  Blistering of the roof occurs when there is moisture in the shingle, which means it is not properly ventilated and needs repair.

When you happen to walk outside, be sure to scan the roof for deterioration, especially around chimneys, vents, pipes or other infiltrations.  Examine the drainage, and make sure gutters and downspouts are securely attached. Also, ensure all drains are open and allow water to exit, and all gutters and downspouts are free of debris.  Examine the drainage, and make sure your gutters are firmly attached to the roof.  Make sure all drains are open and allow water to exit free of debris.

By investing in a new roof, the value of your house will increase if you plan to sell it now or in the future. A new roof can last anywhere from fifteen to forty years.  So, instead of constantly getting repairs, look into saving yourself some money and purchase a new roof for your home.

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