So you’re getting to a point where you think it’s time to buy a new roof. There’s a lot to think about, too! It’s an important decision. After all, your roof is the first line of defense for a home in any storm or inclimate weather.
Because it’s such an important investment, it’s crucial that you understand as much as you can about the process and how it works. That being said, sometimes it’s the first step that’s the most important – and that’s determining whether you actually need a new roof or not. It’s just like Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – they knew everything about the Grail except where to begin. For many, this is the dilemma.
Here are the questions you should ask yourself before taking the plunge and beginning the process of purchasing a new roof. Let’s jump right in!
How old is your current roof?
The older the roof, the more likely there is to be wear and tear – almost no matter the material you used. On average – the lifespan of a given roof if about 17 years. That’s almost exactly how long your standard-issue, nice, but not great asphalt shingle roof will last. The notable exception of course, – are metal roofs – as they can last up to 100 years in some cases.
Are there leaks, cracks or granuals?
If your roof is in the 15-17 year range – it’s time to at least get it inspected. Have a few roofers come over and get an estimate – as they don’t cost anything. And truth be told – some roofers may pick up some issues others missed, so you’ll get a more complete perspective of where your roof is at and what needs to be done
That being said – if it’s long in the tooth, you should look into doing it sooner rather than later. The price of a roof doubles about every 18 years or so, so the price is always going up.
You’ll also want to make double-time if there are leaks, cracks or shingles are falling off the roof. The issue there is that these seemingly small issues can turn into big ones in a hurry. And major issues and ‘surprises’ are never friendly to the wallet.
How’s the drainage?
Make sure you get your gutters cleaned while you get your roof inspected. Clogged gutters are an issue for any home and in colder climates – can cause things like ice dams that can cause serious leakage in your home and put excess wear and tear on your roof. Especially if you’re going to make the investment in a new roof – put it in the best possible position to last for a long time!
Hopefully these questions will help bring an answer into clearer focus for you and your home. Good luck!