Planning some spring cleaning for when the weather calms down? When is the last time you did some ‘spring cleaning’ on your roof? If it’s been awhile, read here to find out if your roof needs to be added to the ‘to do’ list! We are your Chicagoland area roof replacement company!
For a basic asphalt shingle roof, the timeline for a complete roof replacement is usually around 15 to 30 years. Whether you get 15 or 30 years out of your roof depends on how well it was installed, the quality of roofing products used, and if your roof has been subject to harsh weather conditions. If you’re wondering if it’s time to replace your roof here are some questions to ask yourself.
The easiest question to ask when considering roof replacement is ‘how old is my roof?’ If it’s been more than 15 years since you’ve replaced it, you’ll want to keep a close eye on it and have an expert evaluate the condition of the roof. Neglecting to have an evaluation can allow for leaks to form, and other types of wear and tear to get severe which can cause damage to the inside and outside of your house.
Asphalt roof shingles have a layer of granules on the top that protect the product underneath from destructive UV rays. In time these granules wear off, particularly with heavy snow and rain like we get here in Chicago. It’s typical to have a small amounts come off over the lifespan of the roof, but if there seems to be a significant amount of granules after rain and snow, it’s a sign the shingles need to be replaced.
The structure of your roofing system includes joists (wood beams) and decking (plywood). The shingles are attached to the decking so if this structure gets damaged by water, humidity, or mold development you will start to see the roof sag. The decking is crucial to the safety and structure of your house, and this is a severe sign that you require both new shingles and to fix the roofing deck. If you think your roof is sagging please contact us today for a no-hassle FREE Estimate!
A small leak can often be fixed without the need to change your whole roof. However if you discover that the roof is leaking in multiple areas, it might be much better to simply get a new roof instead of trying to repair all these areas. There’s even the possibility that underneath the shingles the leak problem is much worse and affecting structural parts of your roof. If there are multiple leaks or large leaks it is highly recommended that you replace your roof to prevent further damage.
Talk with one of our roof replacement experts at A.B. Edward Enterprises, Inc. today at (847) 827-1605 if you believe your roof might be in need of replacement.