Five Signs You Need a New Roof

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The roof is the home’s largest surface, protecting your family and all of your possessions from the elements. A new roof is an expensive investment, but it’s not something a homeowner should put off too long.
“Roofers are most in demand following severe weather such as heavy rain or high winds. If you put off doing repairs or replacing your roof until you have a problem, you may find that the contractor has a waiting list, and your problem will get worse before it can be addressed,” according to Bill Hippard, executive director for the non-profit Metal Roofing Alliance.
If you are planning to sell your home, the roof could be a deal maker or a deal breaker.
“A new roof is often worth a lot to potential buyers, because it puts their minds at ease about looming future problems,” says Deirdre Woollard of REALTOR.com®.

So what are some signs you may need a new roof? Look around for these five concerns:

1.    Missing shingles. High winds can remove shingles from your roof, creating an invitation for leaks. You can use binoculars to inspect your roof without a ladder.

2.    Shingles that are obviously cracked or peeling – even if the shingles aren’t missing, if they’re curling or torn, they’re on their way to failing.

3.    Stains or water marks on your ceiling can indicate a leaking roof even if you don’t see a puddle. It’s important to find the source of the leak and make repairs before the problem grows.

4.    Discolored shingles can be a sign of mold or algae growth on your roof, particularly in warm, wet climates. The elements are hard on a roof, causing it to deteriorate and fail.

5.    Age. If you have a typical asphalt shingle roof, and it’s more than 10-15 years old, chances are, you’re going to need to replace it in the near future.

Before putting your home on the market, Woollard recommends having a home inspector evaluate your roof to help you make a decision about repairs or replacement.

If you choose to replace the roof, you probably won’t recoup the entire cost of the new roof when you sell. Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value report for 2015 found that in the Atlanta metro area, a midrange roofing replacement recouped an average of 56% of the cost.

“If you aren’t interested in replacing the roof, you could investigate a partial repair to address immediate problems. Another option is to offer buyers a lower price or credit that factors in the potential cost of the roof. Some buyers may be more interested in replacing the roof themselves,” Woollard says.

Sources: Metal Roofing Alliance, REALTOR.com®, www.costvsvalue.com