Does Your Home Need a New Roof?

Tips on how to protect the roof over your head – literally.

Most homeowners figure that they need a new roof when they spot a leak in the ceiling. In reality, a leak could be due to many different roofing problems, but is just one of the signs that your roof needs to be replaced.

Don’t wait until the roof is caving in to discover that it’s time for a new roof. Here’s how to tell when a replacement is needed.

It’s old

 Many roofs come with a 20-year warranty. In turn, if your roof hasn’t been replaced in the past two decades, it’s time to start considering a new roof.

Shingles are missing

Check to see if all of your shingle “tabs” are intact. During storms and high winds, many homes lose their fair share of shingles. These slates act as a layer of protection for your home, so you’ll want to replace them as soon as possible.

It looks worn out

 Stand back from your home to examine your roof. If you see large areas of disrepair, streaking on the shingles, or worn areas around the chimneys, give a roofer a call.

It’s letting in light

Once you step onto your roof and notice a spongy feel, you’ll know that the underlying decking is weakened from moisture. Check your attic to see if there is daylight coming through the roof boards.

Shingle granules are in the gutter

Look in your gutters. Are they loaded with shingle granules? If you see grains of shingles in your gutters, yard, and landscaping, it’s a sign that the roof is getting old. Roofs lose more granules towards the end of the life cycle.

Your energy bills are increasing

A good roof acts as an insulator against the heat and cold coming into your home. If it’s not doing its job, you’ll notice an increase in utility bills, because your air conditioner or heater is having to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature.

A roof replacement is an expensive investment in your home, so make sure it’s done right. Once your new and improved roof is up and running, you’ll need to protect it! Visit the professionals at Humble & Davenport Insurance to get started on your tailored home insurance. Call us today to get started.

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