How Do I Know if I Need to Replace My Roof?

Whether you are looking to replace your roof due to its age or because of a damaging storm that recently hit, chances are you have a lot of questions about the process. Even if you have not seen any visible leaks inside your home, that does not necessarily mean your roof isn’t in need of repair. Here are a few of the most frequently asked questions about a roof replacement.

How do I know if I need a new roof?

When it comes to replacing your roof, there are a number of characteristics your roof will display when it’s in need of repair.

  • Missing or curling shingles
  • Shingle or siding decay
  • Leaks in the attic after a storm
  • Water stains on ceilings on interior walls

If you are finding leaks or water stains inside your home, that is because the waterproofing layer of your roof has been compromised. This can be caused by the breakdown of the shingles over time or by direct damage after a violent storm has rolled through.

How long should my roof last?

There are a number of factors in play when it comes to knowing exactly how long a roof will last. A few things to think about when trying to narrow down a timeline is to consider the quality of the original construction, stress caused by extreme weather conditions and overall maintenance. At Exterior Remodels and Design, all of our shingles come with manufacturer warranties that range from 25 years to lifetime.

When it comes to maintenance, you should try to clean out your gutters once or twice in the fall. Much like damaged shingles, clogged gutters can cause your roof to leak and can cause water damage inside your home. Having efficient gutters will help protect your roof and interior walls by controlling the flow of rainwater.

Why is ventilation important?

Having a properly ventilated attic will help not only keep the deck of your roof cool, it will also help prevent excessive moisture from getting trapped. A ventilated attic will allow heat that is released from inside the home from bathing, cooking and laundry to be pushed up out of the attic space. If an attic is not properly ventilated, moisture can collect and mold, mildew and wood rot can develop. 

If you have any questions or concerns about your roof, contact out team today and we will be happy to assist you! Exterior Remodel & Design offers full roof services to our Omaha, Lincoln, and Council Bluffs residents and commercial businesses. From roof repairs to design and installation, we can do it all! 

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