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How to Know When It's Time to Replace Your Roof

Your roof is the first line of defense against the elements, protecting your building from wind, rain, and snow. With proper maintenance, your roof can last for several years. However, over time, you may need to replace your roof. Knowing when it’s time to replace your roof is key to keeping your building secure. Let's review some of the signs that it may be time to replace your slate roofing

Pests in Your Building 

If you own a historic or commercial building like a church or school, you may need to inspect for pests regularly. Termites and other wood-eating insects can cause extensive damage to your roof and weaken its structure. If you notice an infestation, it’s a good idea to call a professional to inspect the area and determine if you need to replace your roof. If the roof of your commercial building is damaged, pests may be sneaking into other parts of your building. You should investigate whether the roof is the problem immediately when you spot some signs of pests.

15 Years Have Passed Since the Installation

Most asphalt shingle roofs last between 15 and 20 years. If it’s been 15 years or more since the installation of your roof, it may be time to start looking into replacing it. You should also check the manufacturer’s warranty to ensure the roof is still covered. Some warranties cover up to 25 years, although this is rare.

The Flashing is Broken and Cracked

Flashing is the metal used around your chimney, vents, and other areas of your roof to create a waterproof seal. If you notice that the flashing is cracked or broken, it’s a sign that water is getting into your commercial or historic building, and you should replace your roof.

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Water is Seeping Into the Walls or Ceiling

If you notice water stains on your walls or ceiling, it’s a sign that your roof is no longer waterproof. This can be a sign of a severe problem, so it’s essential to call a roofing professional to inspect your roof and determine the best course of action. In some cases, you may be able to repair the roof, but in other cases, you may need to replace it. 

Replacing your roof can be a daunting task, but it's an important part of keeping your building in good condition. If you notice any of the signs above, it's time to call a roofing professional to inspect your roof and determine the best course of action.

Heather and Little is Prepared to Handle Your Roof Replacement, Even for Slate Roofing

No matter what type of roof you have on your building, from asphalt shingles to slate roofing, Heather and Little is prepared to handle your roof replacement. We specialize in roof replacement for all types of roofing systems, including slate roofing. 

Our team of skilled professionals is committed to providing quality workmanship and customer service. We use only the highest quality materials and the latest technology to ensure your roof will last for years to come. If you need a roof replacement for your historic or commercial building, contact us today to discuss your options and get a quote.

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And if you are looking for a second opinion on your project or have a particularly complex issue that needs a fresh eye, we’re here for that too. Tackling tricky challenges is our specialty and we welcome the opportunity to provide consulting advice, with the same exacting attention to detail we bring to all our commissions.
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