TOM: Wondering if it’s time to replace your roof? We’ve got a few signals to watch for before you have to schedule a roof repair. Hi, I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete with today’s Money Pit home improvement minute.
TOM: Your roof is the most important protective component of your home. But if it’s worn and aging, structural problems and damage can happen. Now, most roofing is past its prime after 15 years, and that’s when the tell-tale signs appear.
LESLIE: Blistered, curled, or cracked shingles can often be repaired, but leave them untreated, and they’ll expose your roof to rotting and leaks. Sections of shingles with missing granules can also be a signal for roof replacement.
TOM: Moss and algae growth can impact the strength of shingles. Leaks can happen where one roof intersects another, and where chimneys or pipes penetrate the roof.
LESLIE: Besides checking the roof’s exterior, be sure to also inspect for sealing stains inside. These can signal leaks needing roof repair before more serious damage sets in. I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: And I’m Tom Kraeutler. For more Money Pit home improvement tips, visit moneypit.com.