As a homeowner, there are many maintenance tasks that you are responsible to complete. Some of these are very simple and can be completed in an afternoon. However, many others are large and require a lot of time and money to finish.
A roof replacement is a home improvement project that many individuals overlook until they notice a leak or they are considering selling their home. A new roof can cost homeowners between $5,000 and $10,000, depending on the size of the home and the type of roof they wish to install.
Each year, you should include a roof inspection on your spring to-do list. If you have little experience working with a roof, it is important to hire an expert. They can quickly identify any current and potential damage and help you make repairs and often without a full roof replacement. If you wish to inspect the roof yourself, look at the following:
- Condition of the shingles
- Condition of the gutters
- Any signs of cracking and wear and tear in the sealant
- Any signs of rust
- Damage to a chimney
During this inspection, there are several signs that a full roof replacement is necessary or you need to contact a professional roofing company right away. A few of these signs include:
The Age of the Roof
It is important that you know when your roof was last replaced. Once a roof has reached the end of its lifespan, consider a roof replacement. By this time, the roof will have experienced much wear and tear and will not provide the full protection you need. On average,
- Asphalt shingles will last 20 to 40 years
- Fiberglass shingles will last more than 50 years
- Wood shingles will also more than 30 years
- Metal roofs will last 50 years or longer
Excess Gravel and Grit in Gutters
If you begin to notice a lot of gravel and grit in your gutters or around the exterior of your home, it is a sign that your shingles are beginning to experience a lot of wear. While sometimes single shingles can just be replaced, if there is a lot of damage, it is best to replace all materials.
Moss is Growing
If you notice moss is growing on the roof, this is a sign that there is excess moisture lingering under the roof. You will want to hire a professional to address any of these concerns and to determine a solution.
Roof repairs and replacements are major selling points for potential buyers. For questions about the home-selling process or if you are ready to begin, contact Markham real estate agent Martin MacFarlane today.