Tuesday, October 28, 2014

5 Ways to Tell If You Need a New Roof

We’re well into fall and winter is fast approaching. Is your roof prepared to withstand autumn rainstorms and heavy winter snow? Most people don't pay much attention to their roof, which can lead to costly repairs in the long run. Here are five ways to tell if you need a new roof:

1. Your roof hasn't been replaced in 20 or more years

The average roof's lifespan ranges from 20 to 50 years. That's a pretty wide date range. To be safe, if you haven't replaced your roof in 20 years, have it inspected. It may already be time for a new one.

2. Your shingles show wear and tear

If you're inspecting your roof on your own, recommends checking for "cracked, torn, bald or missing shingles." Shingles in bad condition are a sure sign of a roof that needs work. Depending on the extent of the damage, you might be able to get away with a repair instead of a full replacement.

3. You've found shingle granules in your gutters

Another sign that you need a new roof is if you've found pieces of shingle in your gutters. This means that your roof is having a hard time holding up during rain, wind and other types of inclement weather. Look for shingle granules when cleaning your gutters.

4. You can see daylight through your roof boards

Peek inside of your attic. If you can see light from the outside coming through your roof boards, you probably need a new roof. It's also important to look for moisture within the insulation, advises Angie's List.

5.  You're tired of looking at it

It might sound paltry in comparison, but if you can't stand the color or style of your roof, then it's time to consider installing a new one. Replacing your roof not only improves your home's curb appeal, but also can up its resale value.

Superior Windowland's crew of roofing contractors are highly trained in both repairs and installation. We provide free estimates for all roofing projects, and are sure to provide superior customer service along every step of the way. Call us at (203) 948-7770 to discuss the best options for your home! Don’t forget to like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and add us to your circles on Google+ for more tips.

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