The roof is one of the most important parts of any home. It keeps everything inside safe from all forms of weather and is built to take a beating from the elements. But how do homeowners determine when it’s time to replace their home’s roof? Here are 7 signs that it’s time to think about repairing or replacing the roof.
The Roof is More Than 20 Years Old
On average, a roof lasts about 20–25 years. However, other factors, such as ventilation and the style of roof, also play into how long a roof will last—there is some wiggle room. But from 20 years and beyond, the homeowner should be looking for signs that it’s time to find a replacement.
Shingles are Curled or Misshapen
In order to do their job, shingles should be flat and straight. Curled shingles can be caused by poor ventilation or improper installation, but if the roof is older, it’s likely that it’s just a natural part of the shingles’ lifespan. When curled shingles are seen, it’s time to start looking into a replacement roof or other roof repair.
If the roof’s shingles are cracked, it’s typically a sign of wind damage or cold weather. Just a few cracked shingles can be replaced, but if there’s cracking...
When you're selling your home, your first home showings can be both stressful and exciting. Knowing how to prepare your home and what you can do to make your home more inviting for buyers can help make the experience more productive. By staging, cleaning, making small repairs and reducing clutter, you can attract more buyers and bigger offers. These tips will help.
Clutter is the number one enemy of home sellers, because clutter can make your home appear to be smaller and darker than it really is. Eliminating clutter is the best way to make your house more appealing to buyers. Clutter takes many forms, so there are many things you can do to reduce clutter in your home. Toys on the floor, knick-knacks on the shelves, bills on the counter and excessive clothes in the closet can all be called "clutter." These tips will help:
- Pick toys up off the floor to make each room look more spacious.
- Clean closets by reducing the number of items stored on the floor and on the shelves.
- Clean off all counters, tabletops and shelves.
For many home sellers, clutter reduction can take weeks or even months. In addition to all the sorting and decision-making (what stays? what goes?), the actual act of getting rid of clutter takes time. Garage sales take weeks to organize, donating...
Choosing right type of roofing for a home is extremely important. Not only do people want their roof to hold up in a storm but they also want the roof to last for a long time. Replacing a roof is not a necessarily inexpensive project, which is why it is important to choose the right roof type the first time. There are several types of roofing that are more popular than others for a variety of reasons.
Asphalt shingles are some of the most popular options for roofing types today because of a variety of reasons. They tend to be lower in cost than other options, are easy to find, and they also come in many different colors and style to fit the home design. They come in two different types: organic and fiberglass. The organic shingles are usually made from recycled felt paper and have a layer of asphalt to make them waterproof. Organic shingles are more durable than the fiberglass option but also tend to be more expensive. Fiberglass roof shingles have the same asphalt layer but also have a fiberglass mat on top of the asphalt. There is also usually a ceramic covering of granules to reflect UV rays which can help deflect some heat, although not as much as some of the other roofing options.
Cedar shake is a wooden shingle for roofing. They tend to be an option for homeowners who are looking for a...