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When To Replace Roof

When To Replace Your Roof

Chances are, you don’t spend a lot of time thinking about your roof. Out of sight, out of mind, right?

Unfortunately, this means signs of damage can build up and go unnoticed until it’s too late. If you notice missing shingles, mildew in the attic, and leaks in the home, it might be time to consider a replacement. 

This is a huge investment, so it’s important to determine just the right time. If the problem is small and localized, a simple repair might be sufficient. 

Here are four ways to tell if you need to replace your roof.

Life Expectancy

First, do your research. Learn when the roof was installed and any major work that has been completed since then. You might have to reach out to the previous homeowners (or your real estate agent) for this information. 

Different materials have different life expectancies. This is also affected by the climate you live in. Generally speaking, however, roofs are expected to last:

  • Asphalt shingles: 15 to 30 years
  • Architectural shingles: 25 to 30 years
  • Wood shingles: 30 years with regular maintenance
  • Clay tiles: 50 years or more
  • Metal roofing: Up to 70 years
  • Slate tile: 50 to 100+ years

If you note that your roof is coming to (or has already surpassed) its life expectancy, it might be time for a replacement. 

Wear And Damage

Consider the extent and severity of the total damage. For example, if your home has missing, curling, and moss-covered shingles, your home is exposed to the elements. This can lead to major issues if the roof is not replaced.

Another area prone to decay is the lining at the bottom of your chimney where it meets the roof – known as the flashing. If you notice cracks, gaps, and rust in the flashing, your roof is nearing the end of its usage.

If you frequently have leaks in your home, water stains in the walls and ceilings, or mold and mildew in the attic, these are all signs that your roof is failing.

Your About To Sell

A roof is not only functional, but it also serves to boost a home’s curb appeal. A brand-new roof makes the house more attractive to potential buyers.

If you choose to sell your house with a damaged roof, you will have to disclose this to the sellers. Without disclosure, the buyers can come back after their inspection and renegotiate a lower price.

On the other hand, if you replace the roof before you sell, you can ask for a higher price. This is an investment that will practically pay for itself.

Contact An Expert

Finally, if you have any questions about your roof, you should contact the experts at Mid-Atlantic Gutters & Roofing

We will inspect your roof to discover the extent of the damage and aging. We can advise you through the decision to replace your roof.

Roof Replacement & Installation in MD

Here at Mid-Atlantic Gutters & Roofing, we are proud to offer high-quality roof installation services in Maryland. Our skilled team works hard to get you the roof you need at a price you’ll love. Call now!

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