Whether you are trying to boost a home’s market value or simply feel the need to better protect it from the elements, a roof is a major purchase of the type that homeowners don’t tend to make lightly. Here are some tips to help you decide whether or not you need a new roof.
- Find out the age of your roof and its expected life, which depends largely on the roof covering. According to the California Contractors State License Board, repairing rather than replacing a troubled asphalt-shingle roof may make sense if it is less than 15 or 20 years old.
- If you’re trying to sell a home, your real estate agent might be able to tell you if it will be worth the cost to replace an aging roof, or if it would be advisable to offer potential buyers a credit to complete the project themselves.
- Look for indications inside the home that you are dealing with a problem roof. Those signs include water damage, leaks and sagging areas on the ceiling. The presence of any of these means you will need, at minimum, to make repairs. If the roof is near the end of its expected life, then replacement is the best way to go.
- Do an exterior check of the roof for mold, mildew and moisture as well as for shingles that show excessive wear, such as asphalt shingles that are curling, brittle or losing a large number of granules.