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Signs to Know When to Replace Your Roof

The roof is at least 25 years old

Most asphalt shingle roofs are built to last between twenty and thirty years. It isn’t unusual for families to stretch the life of their roofs an extra ten years or more to save money. In some cases, 40-year-old shingle roofs may still be in good condition. However, replacing the roof is recommended even if it looks good from the ground.

Most experts recommend replacing the roof before it reaches its 30th birthday, even if it appears to be in good condition. Homeowners who live in a development can tell when to change their roof by looking at what their neighbors are doing. If they are starting to replace their roofing, it may be a good time to do so too.

A significant number of shingles are curling

Another way homeowners can notice they need a new roof is by checking whether the singles have started to curl. In general, shingles curl in two different ways. They can cup, which means that the edges start turning upward, or claw, which means that the middle of the shingle starts to come up. In either case, curling often leads to more significant problems, such as weathering and leaks.

There are several reasons why shingles start curling. First, it may be the result of a faulty roof ventilation system. In general, these systems work by pulling in outside air using intake vents often placed in the lower section of the roof. However, when the incoming air is not properly distributed, heat and moisture become trapped in the attic. As a result, the shingles start wearing, fading and curling faster than they should.

Another potential reason why shingles start curling is improper installation. DIY homeowners and technicians must follow certain regulations to make sure shingles are installed properly. When this does not happen, or when new shingles are installed over old ones, high winds can easily curl them. If wind speeds are high enough, shingles may come off entirely instead of curling.

Homeowners who notice curly shingles may want to replace their roofs within five years, depending on how severe the curling is. Mild curling is often harmless, especially when present in only a few shingles. However, if the number of curly shingles is much higher, replacing the whole roof may become unavoidable.

More than a few shingles are missing

Replacing shingles is an effective method to extend the life of the roof. In general, families replace shingles several times before they decide to get a new roof altogether. In general, shingles are sold in bundles that cover around 32 square feet each. This means that only one or two bundles would be needed to replace several damaged shingles. Given that a 2,400 square feet roof would need around 75 shingle bundles to be replaced, families often try and replace as many individual shingles as they can to reduce costs.

Replacing individual shingles, although cheaper, creates another problem later down the road. It is often difficult to find new shingles that match the colors of the old ones. As a result, after several rounds of replacements, roofs may start looking like a checkerboard. This problem is also exacerbated by how shingles lose their color over the years due to weathering. When this happens, it might be inevitable to replace the entire roof to give back the house its original look.

Cracked shingles

Curling is not the only thing that can happen to shingles. In some places, high wind speeds can lead to cracked shingles. In general, homeowners can replace individual shingles just like when they become curly. However, this strategy only works when the number of cracked shingles is low and the affected area is small. If the entire roof has cracked shingles in random places, it might be better to replace the whole roof.

Cracked and missing shingles are among the most dangerous things that can happen to a roof. This is because the lack of shingles can lead to leaks and other significant damages to the entire structure. If the issue is not addressed as soon as possible, a new roof is not the only cost homeowners will have to deal with. To avoid this outcome, most experts recommend replacing the roof three to five years after the number of cracked shingles becomes high enough.

Granule loss

Another sign homeowners can use to determine whether they need a new roof is granule loss. Granules are tiny particles used to cover shingles. Their purpose is to provide additional fire resistance and protection against sun exposure. Without granules, shingles would wear down much faster. In most cases, granules are made of graded crushed rock, porcelain, slate, tile or slag.

Granule loss takes place due to a number of different reasons. The first time homeowners will experience granule loss is when installing a new roof. This is because during manufacturing not all granules are property embedded to the shingles. As a result, a number of granules are dropped during the installation process. In some cases, granules will also drop while the shingle bundles are being shipped.

Some granules do remain attached after installation and accumulate in the gutter shortly after due to high wind speeds or storms. Homeowners should keep an eye out when this happens, as shingles can often lose granules prematurely, especially during rough weather or after a faulty installation. Premature granule loss can also be caused by poor-quality asphalt. In general, the rate at which granule is loosened from the shingles will depend on product quality and weather.

However, granule loss does not become a significant problem until after fifteen to twenty years have passed. This is because the bond between the granule and underlying asphalt weakens, causing them to be loosened and deposited into the gutter. Granule loss can also lead to some aesthetic problems, such as the presence of moss or algae where the granules used to be. After twenty years, the roof has released so many granules that it no longer protects the home against leaks and other hazards. When that happens, homeowners should get ready to replace the roof in around five years.

Moving specific glossary terms

All industries have their specific terms. Here are a couple that you might hear from your local moving company.

Short Haul
A move that takes place under 450 miles. Short hauls are (generally) performed with straight trucks, although tractor-trailers can, and are, often employed to complete large short haul moves.

Storage In Transit (S.I.T.)
Temporary storage of your household goods in the warehouse of the carrier or carrier’s agent, pending further transportation.

Straight Truck
A truck, generally one half the size and capacity of a tractor-trailer. Straight trucks are single cab and body vehicles (as opposed to a tractor-trailer on which the cab can be separated from the trailer).

Are Home Warranties Worth It?

There is a lot to consider when purchasing a new home. A home warranty is one more decision to make—and it can be difficult to determine whether a home warranty will help protect your investment and ultimately save you money.

home warranty is a protection plan that covers the repair of large appliances and other major items in your home. It can be helpful to think of a home warranty as a service contract, rather than an insurance policy.

Plans cover repairs on a wide range of items, including:

  • Air conditioners
  • Washer and dryer
  • Water heater
  • Doorbell
  • Kitchen appliances including refrigerator, oven and range, dishwasher, garbage disposal
  • Roof leaks
  • Electrical systems
  • Plumbing systems
  • Heating and duct work

Every home warranty is different. Your coverage will depend on the provider and the particular plan you select. If you’re looking for more from a home warranty, you may be able to purchase additional coverage that extends to items such as a pool or spa, the septic pump, or well pump.

When using your home warranty plan to pay for a repair, you may be required to use a contractor or professional who is approved by the home warranty provider.

Read the terms of your plan carefully to understand everything it covers, what the limits and exclusions are, and what you might be responsible for as the homeowner. A Consumer Reports analysis of available home warranties found that coverage varied widely. In some cases, for example, warranties covered the refrigerator but not the ice maker that came with it. Other policies covered the hot water heater but not the water tank itself.

There are many other reasons that repairs could not be covered under a home warranty:

  • An appliance breaks under certain circumstances, such as a power surge.
  • Your appliances could be too heavily worn or deemed to have too much “wear and tear.”
  • Some repairs may instead be covered by homeowner’s or hazard insurance, or by the manufacturer’s warranties on the appliances.

Appliance repairs can be expensive. If your home warranty covers one or more necessary, major repairs, a home warranty could save you money. And because these plans tend to cover a range of problems that homeowner’s insurance does not, a warranty can fill the “gaps” in coverage and provide you with additional peace of mind.

It’s difficult to know if a home warranty will actually save you money in the long run, but purchasing one may be a good choice if

  • You’re a first-time homebuyer
  • You’re inexperienced with repairs
  • You are purchasing an older home
  • Your new home has appliances that are not covered under manufacturer’s warranties
  • You are concerned about being able to pay for repairs if and when they come up.

Home warranties are typically purchased during the sale of a property. However, you can purchase a home warranty at any time—not just when you’re buying a new home.

In some cases, a home warranty will be paid for by the seller. If you’re interested in purchasing one and the seller has not included it, discuss it with your realtor: A warranty could become a part of your negotiation.

Moving specific glossary terms

All industries have their specific terms. Here are a couple that you might hear from your local moving company.

Survey
The booking or origin agent examines (i.e.: surveys, or visually inspects) the shipper’s goods to develop an cost estimate.

Tare Weight
Weight of the van and its contents before your goods are loaded.

Tariff
The carrier’s provisions, including rates, for services performed during the course of moving a shipment.

Third Party Services
Services performed by someone other than the carrier at your request or as required by federal, state or local law.

Time Spent Searching for a New Home

Time to find “the one”

People who transitioned from renting took the most time to find “the one.” These former renters spent 5.7 months, on average, shopping for their perfect home—a month longer than other potential homebuyers.

People who moved to find a better neighborhood spent the second longest time finding their new home at 4.7 months. The quickest shoppers were people moving after a breakup. These shoppers spent just over two months, on average, looking for their next home.

Source: www.porch.com

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