When To Call The Roofing Contractor: Help For Aging Homes

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The life of a roof varies immensely by the types of materials used to build it. If your existing roof is constructed of asphalt shingles, for instance, it can last anywhere from about 14 to 20 years, depending upon the climate. A metal roof, on the other hand, can last 50 years or more. If you know when your existing roof was installed, this can help you determine when it requires replacement, but if you live in an older home whose history isn't readily available, there are other ways to deduce whether it's time to call a roofing contractor:

Perform a Visual Inspection

The first step in determining whether your current roof needs attention is to take a walk around it, and do a visual inspection. If you notice areas that appear suspicious, grab a ladder and take a closer look.

Check the Attic

Visit your attic on a sunny day. If you can see sunlight through the roof, it's time to call in a roofing contractor. Other signs that may not be overlooked include a musty smell where water has permeated the attic or wet or moldy insulation. All of these indicators mean it's time for repair or replacement. 

Don't wait until you see water stains on your interior ceilings and walls to have a look at your roof. At this point, your cost to repair includes insulation and drywall—two unexpected expenses that can be easily avoided by performing regular inspections and maintenance.