5 Signs It's Time to Replace Your Roof and How to Choose the Right Roofing Contractor⁠

March 2, 2023

As a homeowner, your roof is one of the most important parts of your house. It protects you, your family, and your possessions from the elements and plays a significant role in maintaining the structural integrity of your home. However, like any other part of your house, your roof will eventually wear out and need to be replaced. Here are five signs it's time to replace your roof and how to choose the right roofing contractor for the job.

Age of your roof

The average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is around 20-30 years, while metal roofs can last up to 50 years or more if the coating doesn’tfail. If your roof is approaching or has exceeded its expected lifespan, it's time to start thinking about a replacement.

Water damage

If you notice water spots on your ceiling or walls, it's a sign that your roof is leaking. Water damage can lead to mold growth and cause serious health issues, so it's important to have your roof inspected as soon as possible.

Curling or cracked shingles

If your shingles are curling or cracking, they're no longer providing adequate protection for your home. This is a sign that your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan and needs to be replaced. 

Granule Loss

If you notice a lot of granules in your gutters when cleaning out the gutters in the Spring and Fall, then your shingles are reaching end of life.  The granules are what gives a shingle its color and provides protection for the asphalt from the damaging rays of the sun.  The shingles will start to crack and fail very quickly after losing a percentage of their granules.

Sagging roof deck

If your roof deck is sagging, it's a sign that your roof is experiencing structural issues. This can be caused by excess weight from snow and ice, poor installation, or other factors. A sagging roof deck is a serious issue that requires immediate attention. 

Choosing the Right Roofing Contractor

When it comes to replacing your roof, it's important to choose the right roofing contractor for the job. Here are a few things to consider:

Experience and reputation

Choose a contractor with experience in roofing and a good reputation in your community. Ask for references and check online reviews before making a decision.

License and insurance

Make sure your contractor is licensed and insured.  The insurance coverage should include both General Liability and Worker’s Compensation policies.  You can check the contractor’s license on the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) website.  This will protect you in case of accidents or damage during the roofing process.


Choose a contractor who offers a strong labor warranty on their work. This will give you peace of mind knowing that any issues will be resolved at no additional cost to you. Contractors certified by the shingle manufacturer like CertainTeed and GAF, can offer a higher level of protection for your roof replacement.

Written estimate

Get a written estimate from your contractor that includes all the details of the project, such as materials, labor costs, and timeline.

By keeping these factors in mind and being aware of the signs that it's time to replace your roof, you can make an informed decision when choosing a roofing contractor. Remember, a new roof is a significant investment in your home's future, so it's important to choose a contractor you can trust.

If you're looking for a reliable and experienced roofing contractor, look no further than Tredegar Construction. Our team of experts is dedicated to providing high-quality roofing services at an affordable price.Contact us today for a free estimate and to learn more about our services.

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