New Year, New Roof: How to tell when you need a new roof and what steps to take

New Year, New Roof: How to tell when you need a new roof and what steps to take

Your roof is one of the largest and most important parts of your home. It can also be the most expensive if you need a replacement or repairs.

There are steps you can take on your own to see if you need an entirely new roof, or can get by with some fairly simple and inexpensive repairs.

  1. First, you can go into your attic and check to see if any light is coming through. If you see any stains or streaks, this could mean you have a leak. Always check your records to see when your roof was built, the warranty and the materials it is made of.
  2. Shingles should always lie flat against your roof. If you notice that they are lifted, your roofer can place temporary adhesive on them to prevent them from blowing off.
  3. If you see that your roof is sagging or rotting, you may have a leak and should call a professional.
  4. If you see moss, there may be trapped moisture inside that can ruin a roof.
  5. If your roof is 20 years or older, it may be time for a new roof.

If you see a few damaged shingles or a small leak, don’t panic! It does not necessarily mean that you need an entirely new roof. If your roof was installed properly and is younger than 20 years, you may be able to simply have it repaired. Always contact a licensed roofing contractor for a professional opinion. You can contact your local building authority to find out whether your state requires roofing contractors to guarantee their work, and for how long.

If you find that you need a new roof, call your friends here at Royal Home Improvement, and we can help every step of the way!

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