As a homeowner, it's important to understand the need for keeping your home in tip-top shape. From the siding on your house to the landscaping and roof, everything you do impact the function and appearance of your home. 

When it comes to your roof, there will be natural repairs you need to make but then also a time when your whole roof needs to be replaced. So, when is it time to bite the bullet and invest in a brand new roof?

1. Head Up To The Attic: 

Before heading outside and looking at your roof from the outside, go up into your attic. On a sunny day, look around your roof and see if you can find any beams of light sneaking through. If you find something, this is a huge red flag that water, critters and more can make its way into your home.

2. How Old Is Your Roof?:

The typical asphalt roof lasts anywhere between 20-25 years. So, if your roof is acting up and its more than 25 years old, this gives some pretty good insight that it may be time for a replacement.

3. Shingle Quality:

Check out your roof, especially after a big storm and make sure they are all in peak shape. Shingles should lie flat against the roof, meaning if any excessive cracking or buckling shingles is a sign that at least repairs need to be made.

4. Granules in the Gutters:

One big sign that your asphalt roof is starting to fail is when the asphalt granules from your shingles start to come off. How do you check this? If it's safe, get on a ladder and take a peak inside your gutters. The granules will slide down your roof and will end up there.

5. Missing Shingles:

If a shingle here and there comes off, it's not the end of the world, and they can be replaced. But, if your roof starts to look like a checkerboard with old and new shingles everywhere, it may be a sign that your roof isn't cutting it any longer.

6. Sagging Roof:

A sagging roof is a very serious situation and means that a replacement is very much required.

It's just as important to understand when a replacement is needed as it is to know when a replacement isn't needed. If your roof is younger than 15-20, then you can most likely get away with a majority of repairs. 

When in doubt, be sure to contact a local specialist for an inspection. If you live in and around the Greater Boston Area, Capital Construction Contracting is happy to take a look for you.