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The Truth About Roofs

The roof. It hangs above us, protecting us from rain, snow, the harsh rays of the sun. When it does its job right, we forget that it’s even there. When the roof suddenly exhibits a problem though…then we become deeply attentive to its existence.

Many a home sale has been hindered by the presence of an old or poorly maintained roof. The truth of the matter is that while some people are fine gambling on the quality of a roof or are willing to pay for a roof replacement upon the purchase of a home, there are as many – if not more – who will be turned off if they discover the presence of something as large-scale as a roof replacement looming in their near future. As always, the best way to avoid losing a potential sale is to confront the problem head on.

In other words, it’s time to figure out if your roof needs to be replaced.

As you probably know, many different types of roofs exist. There are roofs with composition shingles, roofs with wood shingles, metal roofs, and even roofs made of rubber. Each different material has a different lifespan, something that is worth considering even before you make a full inspection of the roof. Asphalt shingles, for instance, will last anywhere from 15 to 30 years, while a roof made of metal is going to stay strong from 50 up to 75 years. Knowing what type of roof is on top of your home as well as when this roof was installed will definitely make the entire process easier. If you have composite shingles, for instance, that were installed in the 1980’s, then there is a really, really good chance that the roof needs to be pulled in replaced. If, on the other hand, your metal roof was installed in 1995 then you are very likely not looking at getting a new roof.

Of course, the real test of whether or not you might be looking at roof replacement involves inspecting the roof and all of the areas connected to the roof (such as an attic). REMEMBERING TO ALWAYS BE SAFE, climb on top of your roof with a flashlight and look for things like missing shingles, collected moisture, areas where the roof seems to sag, areas where the roof looks darker or where there is clear water damage. If you find any, then there is a chance that you are looking at a roof replacement.

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