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5 Signs You Need a New Roof Before Winter

By October 13, 2015October 17th, 2023No Comments

That tinge of chill in the morning air means winter will soon be upon us, and it’s time to make sure your home can protect you from the harshest season. Before the weather turns nasty, perform a visual inspection of your roof. There’s no need to climb on top – walking on a roof is very dangerous and should only be done by an experienced professional. Instead, check your roof’s condition from the ground using binoculars if necessary.

What to Look For

  • Granule loss. The tiny granules embedded in asphalt shingles play an important role in keeping your home leak-free. They protect each asphalt shingle from UV damage from the sun, so it can remain waterproof. If you see bare spots on your roof or an excessive amount of granules in the gutter system, it’s time to think about replacing your roof.
  • Missing shingles. Heavy winds and even shifting snow and ice can literally rip shingles right off your roof. Shingles that are torn or missing make your roof very susceptible to leaks, water damage and rot.
  • Curling or cracking. If you have asphalt shingles, a sure sign of aging is edges that are starting to curl and become brittle. New shingles are pliable and bend to a degree. If you can see curling and cracking, the shingles are most likely starting to fail.
  • Leaks. While a small leak in a young roof can often be repaired, multiple leaks in an older roof indicate that a new roof should be a top priority. Fixing roof leaks is essential to the health of your family and the structural integrity of your home.
  • Old age. Asphalt shingles generally have a lifespan of 20 years, depending on local weather conditions and many other factors. If your roof is 20 years or older, it should be routinely inspected for signs of deterioration that indicate it’s time for replacement.

Another Layer of Protection

A Gutter Helmet® gutter protection system is a simple way to extend the life of your roof by preventing clogs in the gutters and resulting water damage. To protect your roof from ice dams that can build up along your roof’s edge during the winter, ask about Helmet Heat®, a self-regulating heating cable that is installed in conjunction with Gutter Helmet® gutter protection. Together, Gutter Helmet® and Helmet Heat® keep gutter clogs and ice dams at bay.

Get a jump on winter by calling Gutter Helmet® at (800) 824-3772. We’ll put you in touch with a certified local dealer who can provide you with a free inspection and estimate for gutter guard installation.