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Top 5 Reasons You Need a New Roof

Wednesday, May 26th, 2021 by Team Arrow


We all want to get the most out of our roof. No one really wants to put thousands of dollars into buying a new one. But, alas, that is eventually one of the “perks” of homeownership. 

If you’re concerned about your roof holding up for much longer, you’ve seen shingles decorating your lawn lately, or perhaps you’ve even discovered a wet spot on your ceiling… then it may be time to buckle down and put a new roof over your head. 

Here are the Top 5 things to look out for when considering a new roof.

 

Roofer installing new asphalt shingle roofing to house

1. The Age of Your Roof

Even though roofs are designed (and hopefully installed) to last a long time, many factors can affect the longevity of your roof. Materials, quality of workmanship, and weather elements all play a factor in determining how long your roof is going to last. 

Asphalt shingle roofs are very common on residential homes and can last anywhere from 15 – 30 years, but materials play an essential role in this number. 

If you’ve never had your roof replaced, now might be a good time to get it examined by a professional. Many reputable roofing companies will come and inspect your roof for free and can help you determine how much life your roof has left in it. 

 

2. You Have Roof Valleys

Roof valleys are the channels that run along the inside angles of a roof. These valleys can corrode when they are prone to trap leaves. Trapped debris in your roof’s valleys means that rainwater can’t drain sufficiently. If this happens, water will overflow and drip onto your roof.

If your roof valleys corrode, there’s likely to be significant damage to your roof.

 

3. Missing Shingles

This might seem like an obvious one, but you’d be surprised how many homeowners tend to ignore this sign. Missing shingles from your roof mean that there might be holes in the roof, exposing the under layers to the elements. Exposed materials mean it’s more likely your roof will get damaged or grow mold.

It’s worth getting a professional in to have a look to see if repairs can be made in the place of the missing shingles or if the whole roof needs replacing.

 


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4. Chimney Flashing

Chimney flashing is a roofing material that creates a waterproof seal to protect your chimney and roof from water damage. It essentially functions as weather stripping for your chimney. 

You can usually replace damaged flashing, but catching it in time can be the tricky part. Damage to your roof may have already occurred. 

 

5. Signs of Water Damage

Water damage might be apparent inside your home. If that is the case, your walls or ceiling may be wet to the touch or have dried out water stains. If you can see water damage in your home, it’s a sure sign that you need to get a professional out to look at your roof. It’s probably time to invest in a new roof.

 

What can you do in the meantime? 

A suspected leak in your roof is not something to be ignored, especially as storm season takes hold. I left unattended; a roof leak can cause significant damage to your home's structure and even cause mold to develop.

Here are some quick fixes to tide you over until you can get a professional roofer to examine the damage.

 


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Need a Professional?

While you can do some home improvement projects yourself, it’s usually best to get an expert opinion when it comes to roofing upgrades. Arrow Renovation offers free in-home roofing quotes, and you can be sure we’ll take care of you from start to finish. 

We offer a variety of services that can help increase the value of your home, across Leawood, Prairie Village, Lansing, Olathe, Less Summit, Shawnee, Overland Park, Raymore, Kansas City, Lenexa and the nearby areas. Simply drop us a call at 1-913-703-3000 or contact us online to get started.

 

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