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Chesapeake Roofers: Article About When To Replace The Roof

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Asphalt roofs usually last between 12 and 18 years. This means that, at some point, a homeowner is likely going to be responsible for having a new roof installed on a home. However, it can be difficult to determine when a home needs a new roof or if the existing roof is still functional. Chesapeake roofers can always perform an inspection and provide an estimate on the roof's remaining lifespan. Even so, homeowners should be familiar with the telltale signs that could indicate that the roof is failing.

Damaged shingles, combined with the roof's age, can indicate that a new roof is needed. If the shingles are curling and buckling, water can get into the attic space and damage the interior structural components. If the decking, rafters and insulation are exposed to moisture for a long period of time, it is likely that the homeowner will have to replace the entire roof instead of just the shingles. One or two missing shingles can provide a pathway by which water enters the roof's structure.

Another thing that homeowners should look for is the presence of mineral granules in the gutters and on the ground. These granules provide more protection for the shingles. If they are on the ground or in the gutters, the shingles are not being protected against damaging UV light, wind and rain.

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Because roofs tend to lose more granules as they reach the end of its lifespan, this is a big indication that it is time for a new roof.

On sunny days, it is recommended that homeowners check the attic to see if any sunlight is shining through. If patches of sunlight are visible, the roof most likely has holes where water, insects and other pests can enter into the attic space. In order to avoid more damage to the home's structure, the roof needs to be replaced as soon as possible.

Finally, leaks can be an indicator that the roof's integrity has been compromised. If the problem is caught early and the roof is not that old, the leaks may be fixable without replacing the roof. However, if the problem is not caught until after major damages have occurred, the roof may need a complete replacement.

Homeowners should always know the age of their roof and the condition of the roof. A professional roofer can always provide information about the roof materials and the roof's condition to give an idea of how much longer before a new roof is needed.

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