Many homeowners are hesitant to execute home roof replacement services even when the signs of problems are obvious. After all, you are not a roof expert and it can be hard to know if it is time to replace your roof. That is unless you find yourself watching the game in your living room while holding an umbrella. Asking yourself the following questions can help you get an idea of whether or not a roof replacement is in your immediate future.
First off, how old is the roof? If you bought your residence or the structure in question from someone else, this is something that you should have asked during the purchasing process. A new roof can raise the value of real estate while one that is over a decade old can detract from it. Here are some quick facts to know about roof lifespan:
- The average life of a new roof is between 12 and 20 years
- Even if the roof was guaranteed for 20 or 30 years, if it is over 15, it may need to be replaced
- In areas with extreme weather, the lifespan of a roof is significantly shortened. While we do not get as extreme weather conditions in the Virginia area as most other places, environmental damage can still shorten the lifespan.
One idea to think about is whether your neighbors have replaced their roofs. Although it is not a good idea to covet your neighbor's possessions, roofing is one exception to your mother's rules. If your neighbors are getting new roofs, this may be a sign that you should also replace your roof. We say this for two reasons. First, most neighborhoods are built around the same time and by the same roofing contractor. Therefore, if their roofing solutions are wearing out, chances are so is yours. Second, in a competitive housing market like the current one, you need every advantage you can get. An old roof looks bad when positioned next to a street full of new ones. This decre the value of your house.
Weather is always a cause for concern when dealing with roofs. As mentioned above, extreme temperatures and weather can shorten the lifespan of any roof. Another problem that occurs during severe weather is it can worsen any small problems that existed before the storm or heat. Loose or weakened tiles subjected to strong winds or heavy rain can lead to bigger problems. Damaged roofs must be repaired immediately to prevent more costly damage. The pros at SB Roofing will complete your roof repair quickly and professionally in no time at all.
Although these questions can provide an idea of whether or not it is time to replace your roof, the only way to know for sure is to consult a roofing professional that has been servicing the Hampton roads area for over 15 years. If these questions still made you unsure whether to repair or replace your roof, then contact us today, and we will be happy to help.