The first decision most homeowners think about is whether it is possible to repair a roof or does it have to be replaced. Is it possible to simply patch leaks and damaged areas or is a complete new roof is necessary. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends bi-annual check-ups in the spring and fall.
Replacing shingles due to wind or a fallen tree branch is relatively easy and inexpensive. Torn or damaged shingles can be removed, and new ones can be slipped in place. The downside is that unless your roof is relatively new and you happen to have a few extra spare shingles from the job, your patch job may not match the existing roof. If you plan to sell your home in the next few years, ask your contractor to order shingles that match as closely as possible.
To make it easy, we’ve compiled a short check list to help determine if you need a new roof. A good contractor will also help you evaluate this but these are a few things we look at.
1. How long has it been since the roof was repaired or replaced? How old is the roof? Most roofs will last 20-40 years depending on the material used. Minnesota has some of the most diverse climate in the US from brutal cold,high winds, heat and humidity, rain, snow, and of course hail, so sometimes the answer is…it just depends.
2 Broken or missing Shingles- This is a sign that something isn’t right and is generally caused by wind, rain or snow damage and leakage. If the shingles are missing or broken, most likely the roof will need replacing.
3. leaks. – Seems obvious but if you have a partial leak in one are, it could be a matter of time before more start showing up making it an easy decision to just get the whole roof replaced.
4. Sagging roof- A sagging roof is another sign that the roof is damaged and needs to be replaced. Long-term water damage is typically the cause of a sagging roof. Another cause is too much weight from ice and snow. To check for signs of sagging, look at the roof line. It should be straight. If there is a dip, swag, or curve present, the roof is sagging and will more than likely need to be replaced.
5. Missing shingles- This can be due to extreme weather but it should also be telling you that the roofing is getting old and weathered and might be ready for replacing.
Looking at the roof from the outside requires a trained eye. We also look at signs from inside the house such as stains on the ceiling. If you see anything unusual, it doesn’t hurt to to call and have us check it out. We are local, experienced and have an A+ rating with the BBB.