When planning for a roof renovation, or assessing storm damage, many homeowners have trouble deciding whether they should have their roof repaired or simply replaced.

The best solution is to get a free roofing assessment from a trusted professional in the Dallas area, but even homeowners without roofing experience can follow a few simple guidelines to assess the condition of their roof.

How to Know When You Need Your Roof Replaced

Check the condition of your roof at least once a year.
A yearly check-up will allow you to plan in advance for major repairs or replacement before things get too costly. Early signs of problems include damp or dark areas on ceilings, peeling paint, and water stains inside your house. Do you see cracked caulking, or rusty flashing? What about shingles that are misshapen, blistered, or curling? Check your gutters for bits of asphalt grit. These granules protect your roof from the harsh rays of the sun. If your roof shows signs of wear or damage, it’s time to call in a professional like Centennial Roofing.

Check the condition of your roof after every major storm.
Hail and high winds can wreak havoc on a roof, especially if it is already past its prime. After the storm passes, take a walk around your house looking for signs of damage. Battered siding, windows, fences, and gutters will usually mean that your roof didn’t escape damage. Look for missing or damaged shingles. Check your yard, driveway, and gutters for asphalt granules that have been washed off the roof. If damage is suspected, or if the storm was severe, call Centennial for an inspection.

Call your insurance company.
Storm damage to your home is almost always covered by your homeowner’s insurance. If you suspect that your roof has been damaged, file a claim immediately. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to make your case. You are responsible for limiting the damage by having your roof covered and repaired as soon as possible.

Repair or Replace?
Again, this call is often best left to a professional, but here are some basic guidelines:

• You can often repair minor leaks, missing shingles, or cracked caulking in small areas.
• Minor hail damage can also be repaired if your roof is in good condition.
• Replace your roof if it is more than 20 years old.
• Replace your roof if it is worn out in several places, or the shingles are brittle, broken, or starting to litter the yard.

Centennial Roofing offers high-quality professional roof assessments, plus repair and replacement services in the Dallas – Fort Worth area. Whether your roof needs a simple repair, or total replacement, we can find the perfect solution for your home and budget.

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