When you get in touch with one of the residential roofing contractors in your area, you’ll be asked questions about your roofing system. One of them will be regarding its age. Now you might be wondering, “how old is my roof?”
A Vital Piece of Information
Knowing the age of your roof is helpful not just for you but also for the roofers you reach out to. The team will want to know the exact number of years—or an estimate, at least—so it has a good idea of the next steps to take, be it a repair or a replacement. It is worth noting, however, that a complete roof inspection must be carried out to pinpoint the appropriate solution for your roof’s problems.
While it is helpful for the roofing installation company to know your roof’s age, it also gives you an idea of what to expect moving forward. Is it time to plan your funds for a replacement within a few years? Once you know if the whole system is close to the end of its serviceable life, you’ll know a replacement would be worth preparing for.
Figuring Out Your Roof’s Age
A professional inspection is necessary to figure out the exact or estimated age of your roof. However, a visual inspection that you can do yourself can help you determine if the entire system is already showing signs of aging and deterioration. Here are some of the signs to look out for:
Water Damage – Stains and streaks on your interior walls and ceilings, clumped insulation in your attic and blisters on paint surfaces indicate water has intruded your roof.
Shingle Damage – Your roof’s asphalt shingles are nearing the end of their lifespan if you see signs of damage such as curling and buckling. They have been exposed to heat for years now—a clear indication that you need a new roof.
Loss of Protective Granules – Old shingles lose their protective granules, which you might find in large quantities inside your gutters or on your landscaping. It is a sign of reduced weather protection for your roof and must be replaced as soon as possible.
For your residential roof repair, replacement and maintenance needs, turn to Dior Construction. Give us a call at (201) 559-8610 or fill out our contact form to request a free quote. We serve homeowners in Essex County, NJ, and the surrounding communities.