Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Roof
Have you noticed troubling signs that something is wrong with the roof of your home? Perhaps you’ve noticed areas with missing shingles or even leaks during heavy rain. Or, maybe you’re simply interested in proactive home maintenance and want to ensure each component of your house is in full-functioning condition. Either way, you’ve likely found yourself asking if it’s time to replace your roof. Lutgen Companies is delighted to help you answer that question, and we’ve put together some signs and suggestions to consider when approaching a potential roof replacement for your home.
Water Damage on Upper Floors or in the Attic
First and foremost, the most telling sign that your roof needs replacing is water damage. The extent of damage could range from watermarks and drips in the ceiling to full blown soggy and rotted boards and rafters in your attic. Regardless of the extent of the damage, these signs mean that your roof is failing to operate properly and that it is no longer watertight. If you can identify one specific area where there is an issue, it is possible that a repair is all that is needed. However, if you notice water damage at multiple points, it’s time to consider roof replacement.
The Age of Your Roof
Another way to determine if your roof is due for replacement is to determine its age. Common shingle roofs are good for 15-20 years, with higher quality materials and installation increasing that lifespan beyond 40 years. If you’re unsure of your roof’s age, the experts at Lutgen Companies can inspect it and give you an estimate of the life left on your shingles. For general reference, look for these signs of aging:
- Curling, buckling, or bald shingles.
- Missing shingles
- Moss growth on your roof.
Your Roof is Sagging
Another telltale giveaway that your roof needs to be replaced is noticeably sagging panels. Sagging shows that moisture caused by poor roof seals has rotted away the rafters and boards that create the rigid structure that your shingles are mounted to. Spotting this sign is easy—when you look at your roof from different angles, it should appear straight. If you notice a wavy texture or points that appear sunken, your roof will need replacing.
Benefits of a Roof Replacement
The primary benefit of replacing your roof is that you’ll enjoy a far longer lifespan on your roof, which is thanks to the advancements in premium-quality shingle design and manufacturing. If you plan on staying in your home for many years, a replacement is certainly the way to go. You’ll also benefit from peace of mind in knowing that your home can handle anything that Mother Nature decides to throw at it. Additionally, a roof replacement will dramatically increase the curb appeal of your home—a major selling point if you plan on moving later.
Contact Lutgen Companies Today
At Lutgen Companies, we’re happy to assist you in identifying whether or not a roof replacement is right for your home. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn more about our services in the central Minnesota area.