The average roof needs to be replaced between every 20 and 25 years. It’s up to homeowners to know when their roof was installed and how much longer they have until their roof is aged to the point of creating issues.
While some people may see a roof replacement as a costly extra expense that really shouldn’t have to happen unless a roofing emergency strikes, we’re here to say those people are wrong!
Here are some of the ways that ignoring a roof that needs to be replaced can create several detriments for your home.
An Old Roof Devalues Your Home
When prospective buyers are out searching for a new home, the roof is one of the biggest pulls of value your home has to offer. If your roof is old, the chances are high that it doesn’t have much curb appeal and is already dragging down the value of your home.
An old roof that needs to be replaced will cause a buyer to quickly pass on the home because they don’t want to have to deal with the renovation themselves.
However, inversely, if you know you are going to be putting your home on the market, getting your roof replaced can help increase the sales price of your home while also allowing buyers to breathe a sigh of relief.
You Run the Risk of Structural Damage
An older roof or one that is in severe need of replacement due to poor maintenance is a structural risk to the home. Water may already be eating away at a home’s structure through holes in a damaged roof.
These types of problems with a failing roof not only lead to expensive structural repairs but could end up causing a devastating roof collapse.
Although it’s obvious that water hazards and structure are an issue when an old roof is involved, fire hazards can also be a big problem if you’re ignoring an old damaged roof. Water leaking into your home can easily come into contact with the wires that power your house.
Remember, water and electricity don’t mix, so when these two meet, sparks will fly and your family can easily fall victim to a house fire emergency.
Aged Roofs Are A Health Risk
When water leaks into your roof, and rests within the materials of your home, mold and mildew can quickly form and start causing respiratory problems with your building’s inhabitants.
Not only is this a severe health hazard, but on top of the now required roof repair, you’ll have to endure the costs of mold remediation.
Signs You Need a Roof Replacement
If this article has you thinking about the state of your roof, then we’ve got your attention! If you’re curious about some of the biggest telltale signs that your roof needs to be replaced, here are the ones you can’t miss with the naked eye:
- Curled shingle edges
- Cracked shingles
- Bald spots on the roof
Avoid the Risks of an Aged Roof With Concord Roofing & Construction
If you are unsure of the state of your roof, don’t live your life in doubt! Schedule a roof inspection to help you truly understand where your roof stands. If a roof replacement is the answer, then it’s time to find a reliable roofer to get the job done!
At Concord Roofing & Construction, replacing roofs is our specialty. We will also gladly come out and perform all necessary inspections and help you coordinate your replacement with your insurance company if it’s needed. We’re ready to make the roof over your head feel like home. Contact us today to schedule your inspection.