A solid asphalt shingle roof will last you for up to two decades, with proper maintenance. But just like an old car or the iPhone 4 you’ve had for the past decade, there’s a certain point where it makes sense to turn in Old Faithful for a newer, younger model.
In this blog, the Tuscaloosa roofing contractors at PRN Roofing will give you a few signs that your roof needs to be replaced. It might be difficult to drop the cash on a new roof, but in the right circumstances, it’s an investment that could really pay off!
Sign No. 1: You’re going to sell your house soon.
If you plan to sell your home in the next year or two, a new roof should be a part of your pre-sale plans. According to HomeAdvisor, a new roof will yield you a 109 percent ROI, which is the best ROI of any major home improvement project. New roofing is also a major reason real estates agents are able to make quick home sales, as nothing makes an aspiring homeowner feel safe and secure like the words “brand new roof.”
It’s not the most glamorous home improvement, and it might not have the “wow” factor of a new kitchen or bathroom. But it’s a home improvement that can pay for itself and then some.
Sign No. 2: You notice premature aging.
If your roof is leaky and dealing with water damage after only five years of service, then you have a real problem on your hands. Unless Alabama has been hit with hurricane-force winds and beyond-heavy precipitation, a roof that fails that early on isn’t experiencing normal wear and tear — it’s failing because of poor roofing materials or poor installation techniques.
If you don’t have any sort of warranty to get your roof fixed in these instances, or the roofing company who did the poor job is suddenly nowhere to be found, you might have to bite the bullet and get yet another roof replacement. Choose an established roofing company stationed in your area to get the job done — it’ll cost you more than a travelling roofer, but you’ll get better roofing materials and personalized attention if something goes wrong.
Sign No. 3: You have moisture, mold, and water damage.
An isolated water spot on your ceiling is nothing to worry about — it probably calls for roof repair rather a roof replacement. However, if you’re noticing brown spots, mold buildup, soggy insulation, or other forms of moisture intrusion in multiple areas around your home, you’re a day late and a dollar short for spot repairs.
Widespread moisture intrusion is a major cause for concern. When your roof fails and water enters into your home, it can create toxic mold spores that lead to health problems, structural damage that can compromise the integrity of your home, and floods that can ruin drywall, insulation, and other home materials. You can try to solve a dozen small problems with your roof through roof repair, but if you’re experiencing roof leaks that frequently, they’ll ultimately pop up again when storm season rolls around. A roof replacement solves your water intrusion problems now and in the future.
Sign No. 4: Your roof is just plain old.
We get it — your roof has been dependable for over 15 years, and you’re hoping you can make it another decade before you have to get a new one. Unfortunately, you must face the facts: once your roof makes it past the 15 year mark, you run the risk of expensive and stressful roof failures that can cost you lots of money and cause lots of headaches. Wouldn’t you rather spend that money on a new roof that yields a strong ROI? Don’t wait until you have to replace all of your soaked attic insulation, or until you have pots and pans catching water droplets across your living room — get a new roof when it makes the most sense.
Not sure if it’s time to replace your roof? Choose the roofing contractors at PRN Roofing. We’re happy to give your roof an inspection, provide spot repairs, and offer a free estimate on a roof replacement. Call us today to get started!