Is It Time to Replace Your Roof?

Your roof must be in good shape in order to properly protect your home against the forces of nature and time. 

Most homeowners think they only need a new roof once they spot a leak or some other obvious issue. And while that is definitely a sign of a new roof, there are other less obvious factors which could determine whether or not you need a new roof. Here’s what you should look out for when inspecting a new roof.

  1. Age of Roof – The typical roof has a lifespan of about 20-25 years. It can also depend on whether the old roof was removed and simply have one layer of shingles, and if it is properly ventilated. If the roof was installed over another layer of roof and it is over 20 years old, you should consider getting a new roof.
  2. Curling and Buckling Shingles – Your shingles work in unison in order to direct water into your gutters which then funnel it down and away from the foundation of your home. Check the shingles for any curling and buckling and losing granules. If you spot any of these, it means that your shingles have worked past their expiration date and pose a threat to your home.
  3. Missing Shingles – What’s worse than curling or buckling shingles? Missing shingles. Water can easily seep through the missing shingles and cause some real house damage to your home.
  4. Gutter Granules – Always check your gutters for any shingle granules which indicates a weak and structurally unsound roof. Roofs tend to lose more granules as they reach the end of their life.

Do you have the homeowners insurance policy to protect your family? These inspection tips should get you started on the right foot. To learn more about the policies you should have, contact Lou Aggetta Insurance Services in Pleasant Hill.