Summer is becoming a distant memory and it’s time to prepare your home for the winter months ahead of us. The season’s windy, icy, and snowy weather really takes a beating on your home—especially your roof—which protects you from the elements all season long. Fall is a good time to make sure your roof is in good working order so it’s ready to take on whatever Mother Nature throws it way. Here are four signs you may need to repair or replace your roof:

1. Missing Shingles

One of the most obvious signs of a roofing problem is missing shingles. If you’re missing more than a few shingles, the next major rain or snow storm could result in a leaky ceiling, opening you up to the risk of damaged drywall, and wood rot or mold. Have a professional take a look at your roof, especially if it’s more than 20 to 25 years of age.

2. Cracked, Buckled, or Curled Shingles

If your shingles are cracked, buckling in the middle, or curling on the edge, it means the elements have taken their toll on your roof. Chances are, your shingles are past their service life and need replacement. Schedule a roof inspection to assess the damage and see what your options are.

3. Granules in Your Gutter

Over time, the protective granules in your shingles wear away. Check your gutters for a build up of granules—a sure sign that your roof may be reaching the end of its life cycle. As your shingles continue to wear away, water may seep into your home, causing extensive damage.

4. Light Holes or Moisture in Your Attic

If you’re seeing daylight coming through your roof boards, or detect even the smallest amount of moisture in your attic insulation, your roof either needs replacing or some serious repairs.

Age Matters

All of your home’s major systems need replacing at some point, and your roof is no exception. A typical asphalt shingle roof lasts 20 to 30 years—less if it wasn’t properly ventilated during installation. If your roof is getting up there in age, it may be time to replace it.

Roof Repair and Replacement in NH’s White Mountains, Lakes Region, and Western Maine

The best way to know if you need to repair or replace your roof this fall is to have a professional take a look at it. Contact Cormack’s team of home building and remodeling experts. We’ll give you a fair and honest assessment.

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