When to re-roof? Life expectancy and tips for extending it . A roof is a big expense. But between a roof in good condition that saves you money on heating and a roof in bad condition that causes water damage and other major problems, the choice is easy!
So when should you re-roof? Here are some clues.
Your roof shows signs of damage
A simple visual observation of your roof can tell you a lot about its condition. Check for wavy, raised, broken or cracked shingles. Also check to see if the protective granules on the shingles are loose or in place. Flashings should also be checked for cracks.
Your shingle roof is 14 to 20 years old
Between 14 and 20 years is the life expectancy of your asphalt shingle roof. From the 14th year on, check its condition annually as well as its waterproofing. Call a professional roofer if necessary.
Some tips to extend the life of your roof
Have your roof inspected annually?
Remove debris from your roof a few times a year (branches, leaves, lichen moss, etc.).
Make sure your eavestroughs are clear to allow water to drain properly.
Be on the lookout for signs of seepage to prevent damage and inconvenience.
If you are replacing your roof shingles, opt for fiberglass shingles which are much more resistant than your current organic-based shingles. This will easily double the life expectancy of your roof.
Still, wondering when to re-roof? Ask us for a free quote and one of our expert roofers will come to your home to analyze the situation.
These precautions will allow you to keep your roof in good condition as long as possible, and to immediately spot the signs of a problem with your roof. Some of the signs to look for include
Checking your roof for missing tiles and slates,
Make sure there is no water seepage or leakage,
Also watch for moss or lichen on the tiles,
Make sure that the hooks of the slates are not oxidized, that the tiles are not wavy or that your zinc roofing is not rough. These are signs that a change is needed.
Before proceeding with the re-roofing, a specialist must examine the structure in order to propose the most appropriate solutions.
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