How do I know when it’s time to replace my roof?

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How Do I Know When It’s Time To Replace My Roof?

Investing in a new roof is a big decision- so what should you look for to determine if it’s time to replace your roof? First of all, look for professional help: At ABJ Roofing, one of the services we offer is roof evaluation. After all, unless you’re a roofing professional, it can be hard to estimate the level of wear and tear or damage, if any. The ABJ team can come to your home or business and do a thorough evaluation of your existing roof to see if it’s in need of repair or replacement. We recommend a roof check every 3 to 5 years. Some of the things we’ll be looking for are:

AGE: If your roof is more than 20 years old, it’s time to get a ‘roof check-up’ to see if it’s showing signs of aging out of its functionality.  Most asphalt shingle roofs will last up to 20 years, but may need to be replaced sooner depending on several factors. Not sure how old your roof is? At ABJ Roofing, we’re happy to come do a free roof inspection for you and give you a reasonable estimate of your roof’s age based on its condition.  Contact us today, and we’ll come out and check for these signs of an aging, compromised roof:

  • Granules in your gutters: Granules are the pebbly material that form the surface of your shingles. They protect your roof from excessive heat damage from the sun. If those granules start to break loose and collect in your gutters, this is a sign that your shingles are starting to deteriorate.
  • Curling, cracked or missing shingles: Particularly on an asphalt roof, or chipped/broken tiles on a slate or tile roof. Warped shingles can leave your roof at risk for leaks, and leaks can cause damage to the plywood under-layer, as well as property damage to your ceilings, walls, and joists.
  • Water stains on ceilings: If you notice water stains on your ceilings, it’s a safe bet that there’s a fail-point on your roof that needs immediate attention.
  • Light coming through the roof: Most attics have a very slight amount of light coming in from air vents. But if you notice that significant light is coming through the roof or beams, call ABJ Roofing immediately for an evaluation to find and fix missing shingles or plywood. You may need to replace your roof if the damage is extensive, but we’ll thoroughly review what we find with you so you can make an informed decision.

Storm Damage:  From hail damage to punctures from falling limbs, a major storm can cause major damage to your roof. Depending on the severity of the storm and its impact on your roof, this can vary from needing shingles replaced to needing your base layer of plywood replaced if it’s been punctured by debris.

Environmental issues: If your roof is shaded, you may start to notice moss or algae on your shingles or seams. This could be an indicator that your roof needs replacement.

ABJ Roofing is the Triangle’s choice for Roof Evaluation!

When you need your roof evaluated to make sure it’s protecting your home or business effectively, call ABJ Roofing.  We’ll come to a free evaluation to put your mind at ease, and if you do need roof repair or replacement, be confident in the knowledge that ABJ Roofing has helped hundreds of satisfied Triangle area home and business owners, and we can take care of your roof as well!

What Months Are Best To Replace A Roof In Wake Forest?

In Wake Forest, North Carolina, the best time to replace a roof typically falls during the months of late spring, summer, or early fall because of our subtropical climate with hot summers and mild winters. 

The recommended months for roof replacement would generally be:

Late spring (April to June): Temperatures are rising, but it’s not yet the peak of summer heat. This period offers pleasant weather for roofing projects without the extreme heat.

Summer (July to August): While it can get quite hot, summer allows for extended daylight hours and more predictable weather, making it a suitable time for roof replacements.

Early fall (September to October): This period often provides comfortable temperatures before the onset of winter. It’s a good time for roofing work before colder weather sets in.

Keep in mind that scheduling a roof replacement can also depend on factors like the roofing company’s availability, your own schedule, and the urgency of the replacement due to any existing roof issues. It’s often best to consult with local roofing professionals, like the team at ABJ Roofing, who are familiar with the specific climate patterns in Wake Forest to determine the most suitable timing for your roof replacement project.

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