A Roof is a crucial part of your home as it’s your first line of defense against Minnesota weather, and it provides a vital component to your home’s overall structure. It’s important that homeowners know when it’s time to give extra attention and money to their roofing. The problem is that many homeowners do not know how to assess the health of their home. Here are 3 tips to identifying a time that repair or replacement may be necessary.
#1. Your roof is old.
A good quality roof typically has a lifetime of 20-25 years. If your roof is older than that it might be time for a replacement. Many times homeowners think that their roof is “new” as shingles have been replaced within the past 10-15 years. However that may not be the case. Sometimes new shingles are placed over old shingles, and over the years layers accumulate. When this happens the bottom layers continue to age. It’s important to know if your house cover has had a full tear down or layers. If it’s been 25 years since a full roof tear down, you probably should consider replacing the roof. A great roof will not only keep you comfortable and dry from Minnesota elements, but will also add value to your home. When replacing or repairing your roof be sure to have it done by a qualified professional such as Lakeland Contractors.
#2. Visible water damage on your ceilings
If you see brown spots or discoloration on the ceilings in your home, it’s typically not a good sign. Brown spots and discoloration usually signifies that your roof is leaking. It can be hard to pinpoint a specific spot where the leak is coming from because water can travel along roofing panels and frames. If you see any of these spots, contact a roofing professional right away and they’ll help you determine the source of the leak and proceed with repairs.
#3. Ripped, cracked, or missing shingles.
Unfortunately shingles are not guaranteed to last a lifetime and over time they can begin to wear, tear, breakdown, and deteriorate. Aggressive weather conditions such as rain, hail, snow, wind, and storms can cause shingle granules can come off and blow away. Once these granules are gone, the shingles will have less integrity, become brittle and easily crack. Once shingles are cracked it won’t be long until they eventually blow off. The more shingles that are missing, the more moisture that can creep into your home. Be sure to contact Lakeland Contractors if you notice damaged or missing shingles.