How To Tell If Your Roof Needs Replacing
As we’re moving into the depths of winter, it’s important to make sure that you’re keeping on top of home maintenance. While you will, ideally, check the exterior of your property (including the roof) regularly, it is often helpful to have a reminder of the potential signs of damage to this part of your home.
The first factor to consider is the age of your roof. How long your roof will last will depend on what material it’s made from. For example, slate roof tiles can last for a century or more, while clay tiles have a life expectancy of 50 years or more.
However, architectural shingle roofs typically only last between 25 and 30 years, while asphalt roofs are expected to last 15 to 30 years. If you’re not sure how old your roof is, get a professional to assess its condition for you.
Keep an eye out for any missing roof shingles or tiles, as this could mean that water is able to enter your property. Try to get a good look at the condition of the flashing around your chimney too as, again, damaged or missing flashing could result in leaks.
Another simple check you can do is to go into your attic and look up at the roofing boards. If you can see daylight creeping in anywhere, you need to get some help to repair or replace your roof.
Not sure whether it’s a repair job or a full replacement? Check out our recent post about whether you should repair or replace. If damage is limited to just one part of the roof, for instance, repairing is probably your best option.
Your decision should also be based on the age of your roof, how long you plan to stay in your home for and what budget you have to work with.