Your roof—it’s something you look at every day, but if you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t check in on it as often as you should. Do you know what condition it’s in, or when you should plan on replacing it? Perhaps you’re even holding onto a roof that should have been replaced years ago, crossing your fingers that you can avoid an emergency.
Whatever the case, it’s important to know about the signs of an aging roof—especially here in Massachusetts where winter snow and ice are harsh on shingles. Here’s your brief guide to identifying an aging roof, and when it’s time to schedule roof replacement.
Signs That Your Roof Needs to Be Replaced
Think about how old the roof on your house is. Maybe you bought your house brand-new 25 years ago, or maybe you bought your house ten years ago and the previous owners replaced the roof about ten years before that. Asphalt shingle roofs typically last between 20 and 25 years, so if you know your roof is this age or older, that’s a good sign that it’s time for a new roof.
Not sure when the roof was last replaced? You don’t necessarily have to climb a 40-foot ladder to assess the state of your roof. Often, the signs of an aging roof are visible from ground level:
- Frequent water leaks
- Cracked or missing shingles
- Curled or buckling shingle edges
- Missing shingle granules
- Excessive granules in the gutters
- Moss growth
If you see any of these signs on your roof, be sure to schedule roof installation as soon as possible. Fall is a great time to replace your roof because it prepares your home to handle snow and ice and helps you avoid emergency winter roof repairs.
Considering Solar? Now’s a Great Time for Roof Replacement
Roof replacement isn’t just a good idea before winter hits. If you’re considering installing rooftop solar panels and you know you should replace your roof within the next five years, it’s a good idea to consider replacing your roof and going solar at the same time. Otherwise, you’ll likely spend more money replacing your roof after the solar PV system has been installed.
Boston Solar’s solar electric systems are warrantied for 25 years, which is the average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof. Making both home upgrades together will put your shingles and solar panels on the same timeline.
Boston Solar: Your Local Asphalt Roof Replacement Expert
Boston Solar has installed over 3,700 solar energy systems throughout New England—more than any other Massachusetts based solar company. Along with outstanding solar installation service, we’re proud to provide Massachusetts homeowners with fast and reliable roofing service. We are a year-round roofing installer, so we’re ready to install your new roof no matter the time of year.
Whether you want to get your home ready for winter, or you want a new roof that will last as long as your solar panels, Boston Solar is your roofing company. Our roofing team is a 5-Star CertainTeed Select Shingle Master Roofing Contractor, and they install industry leading CertainTeed select shingles to give you the best value for your roof investment.
Time to replace your roof? Whether you just need a new roof or are considering a new roof plus a solar electric system, call to schedule a roofing consultation!
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