Is it time to re-shingle your roof?
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
No matter what you think of snakes, you must agree that they have a unique way of dealing with worn-out skin. When the time comes, they simply shed it — like an old jacket — revealing a fresh new skin underneath.
Your home's roof doesn't have that advantage. So, when the shingles wear out or become damaged, it's very important to have them replaced. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to determine whether your shingles need replacement right away, or whether you can hold off for another year. According to BobVila.com, the most common type of shingles — asphalt shingles — last anywhere from 15 to 30 years. Of course, conditions such as climate and severe weather are a significant factor. In Minnesota, asphalt shingles will generally last about 20 years.
Regardless of how long you think your shingles may last, the proof is right in front of you. Here are some indicators that it's time to put new shingles on your house:
- Corners upturned on some shingles.
- Missing shingles.
- Shingles lifting during high winds and not settling back into place (flat) within a day or two.
- Heavy accumulation of shingle debris (particles) in the gutters.
- Shingle bits and pieces found on the ground around your home.
- Spots on your roof that still look wet a day or two after a rainfall. This could also be a sign of water infiltration into the felt or even the roof deck. Here are seven signs you may need a new roof.
If you have any of these signs, be sure to have a roofing contractor take a closer look. But before investing in a new roof, be sure to check with the retailer or contractor who supplied the original materials. Your shingles might still be under warranty.
Bottomline: Don't delay. You don't want to wait until you hear drip drip drip
before taking action!
Here are even more tips on what you should replace around your home before selling.