How To Tell If You Need A New Roof

Be careful inspecting your roofing shingles. Walking on the roof can be very dangerous, especially on the steeper sloped roofs. Sometimes it is very easy to walk up the roof, but the problem occurs when you try to walk back down. Walking in the valleys is the safest place to inspect the roof. Just don’t step directly in the middle of the valley.
First, go all around the outside of the roof and look at the shingles. If the shingles are curling and brittle, this is an indication the shingles need to be replaced. Look at the tops of the gables at the end ridge shingles to see if the shingles are broken. If they are, look for evidence of water damage in the wood at the eaves.

Next, look for loose shingles. Sometimes the shingles come completely off and end up in the gutter. Loose shingles can be an indication of either improper installation or brittle shingles. In either case, repair or replacement is needed.

Some of the shingles may be broken and are easily seen from the ground.
Some of the shingles can be broken, but are very hard to see. You may need to get on a ladder or walk the roof to see them.
Also, be sure to look at the shingles along the gutters. This is another case of deterioration and can be an indication that replacement is needed.
If there are no obvious signs as we have discussed, you may want to look directly at the shingles. If you see large amounts of the granules missing from the shingles, this is an indication that the shingles are worn out. The granules will end up in the gutters. Also, look very closely at the edge of the shingles. If you can see the white fiberglass mat exposed, you know it is time to bite the bullet and go ahead and replace the shingles.
Figuring out the cost of replacing your shingles is a very complex job with a lot of variables. The average cost will probably be between $4.75 to $7.50 per square foot. We recommend going with a better quality shingle that will last 30 to 35 years. The labor is basically the same, and you will not need to replace it again as soon. Removing the old roof is now required by the 2012 International Residential Code. This will also allow inspecting the roof deck for damage. Be sure to replace all rubber roofing boots with new ones. You should contact at least three different companies. Most professionals will give free estimates. Just be sure you are comparing the same quality shingles and check their warranties.   

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