Monday, March 16, 2015

Time for a New Roof? Tell-Tale Signs You Need a New Roof over Your Head

Your roof bears the brunt of nature’s fury, protecting the precious lives beneath it. Scorching sun, beating rain, freezing ice and snow, howling winds, and storms can all threaten your roof’s structural integrity. Plus, there’s the ravages of time that cause it to age: missing tiles, rust stains, crooked downpipes, and sagging gutters. All of these are signs that your roof is long overdue for a thorough rejuvenation, but these aren’t the only ones indicators.

Leaks and Gaps

Your roof is a critical component of your home that protects you, your family, and everything under it from your local weather and seasons. Searing summer heat causes metal roofs to expand and then contract as the temperature drops, potentially warping an old metal roof over time and allowing water to seep in around the nails. Tiles may come loose in severe conditions, creating openings in the roof. Water can drip onto ceilings and leave an ugly stain. If ignored for too long, the ceiling may even collapse due to water damage.And animals love roof cavities, even leaky ones. Elements and time can join forces to open up gaps in your old roof, offering a gateway to a haven for shelter and nesting opportunities.The consequences of combining a weakened ceiling with active animals can be very expensive, with the potential to damage not only ceilings but also people and possessions below.

Seeing the Light

Roofs don’t last forever. An old roof means an old house, and old houses are dark places. A new roof designed to improve the structural integrity of your home could also include features to brighten your home’s interior. When it comes time to replace the roof, you could opt for expensive lighting in the ceiling that doesn't quite feel natural. Or you could ask a roofing specialist, such as Roofmasters, to install a skylight or two. Skylights brighten gloomy corridors and invite life back into long-neglected nooks of the home.

Extra Storage

Clutter can accumulate in a home very quickly, and not every home is built with sufficient storage for a growing family. Many older homes have limited space for you to keep family treasures, suitcases, archives, and even furniture. If your roof cavity lacks the space to store any of your family’s possessions, consider a new roof for part or all of your house. This investment will not only increase the integrity of your home for the long term, but also boost its value when it comes time to move on. In addition to sealing your home against the elements and preventing animals from seeking refuge in your ceiling, a new roof can afford you the luxury of extra storage space without having to encroach on internal living areas or consume valuable recreational real estate on your property.

How do you judge when it’s time to invest in a new roof? What tell-tale signs would let you know that a replacement is in order? Share your tips in the comments below.