When a New Roof Might Be Necessary

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As an owner of your own home, you know that things will need replacing and updating. This is especially true when it comes to your home’s roof. Knowing when it is time to take the plunge into replacing your whole roof can be a tricky task. Many things come into play when it comes to replacing the roof on your Texas home.

You can visually inspect your roof yourself. It is recommended that you do this two times a year, once in the Spring and once in the Fall. You should start with inside your attic or upper most portion of your home if you do not have an attic. When doing this visual inspection you should check for light leaking in through from the outside, signs of water damage that could have occurred over the winter or summer, any leaking, dark spots, and any areas that appear to be sagging. Next you can check the outside parts of your roof. When visually inspecting the exterior you should pay attention to any cracking or missing shingles, as well as any algae growth that may have occurred in the humid months. Additionally, you should check to see if any material is loose, especially around chimneys or vents. If you see an excessive amount of grains from your shingles in your gutters this is a sign that your shingles are aging and have had some great wear and tear done to them over the seasons. You should also check for mold and water spots on your roof. This can occur anywhere on the roof, even at the lowest point.

If your roof is fairly young, less than 15 years old, and you find that you have water damage or another problem entirely this does not mean that you have to replace the whole roof. The most cost effective way to figure out if you should replace the roof or just repair the part where there is damage would be to call around to a few different roofing companies to get an estimate and to get advice on what they think would be the best way to go about fixing the problem.

If you decide to go with a whole new roof installation after finding problems or realizing your roof is reaching the end of it’s life, there are many things to consider. First and foremost, consider getting your old roof torn off before placing the new roof down. This is recommended for roofs that have problems, but even if your roof does not show visible problem areas it can help save you money in the long run. Having your old roof removed before installing a new roof will help you rule out the possibility of any rotting wood underneath that you may not be able to see. It will also save you or a future home owner money when having to replace the roof again because instead of just one layer of roof being removed, you or the future home owner will have to pay for both layers to be removed.

Choosing to replace your roof is a big decision, and it can be an expensive one. Many roofing manufacturers offer upwards of twenty years life span on their roofing materials, making replacing your roof a great investment.