How to Determine if You Need a New Roof

Your home is one of the most important investments you have and therefore should be given all the necessary attention to keep it looking fabulous. As a way of maintaining its value, it should be renovated and kept looking smart and this way you will increase its value while making it habitable for you and your family. The roof is one of the most important parts of the home as it helps protect from harsh elements and therefore should be in good shape at all times. It is important to have it maintained, repaired or replaced when necessary by a professional roofer otherwise it could affect your stay in the home.


Many people know when roof repair is necessary but rarely do we understand when it is the right time to have the entire thing. While leaks and spotted ceiling could be a good indicator that roof repair is needed, it is good to understand how you can figure out on roofing problems that require total or partial roof replacement.

How to know if your roof needs to be replaced

  • Consider the age of your roof

Normally, roofing experts consider that a standard shingle roof should last for approximately 25 years or so. This however will be determined by a number of factors such as environmental and weather patterns in a given place. Additionally, different types of roofing materials have the capacity to outlive each other and therefore you should consider this prior to the replacement. Having said this, it is always important to consult a roofer and have your roof assessed to determine whether it should be replaced. This is important especially if you have had some previous repair works that do not seem to yield the desired results.

  • Check whether shingles are buckling, torn or curling

You may need a new roof if at all you find that your old shingles are buckling or curling. Once shingles outlive their life expectancy, you are likely to notice that they are losing granules and curling meaning they are defective. Additionally, if the shingles are torn it means they cannot be repaired and only a replacement will do. It is not very hard to determine whether your tile roof needs replacement. You should move into action in case you discover that the pieces are broken and falling apart.

  • In case there is a major leak

Not all leaks warrant a roof replacement. However, you might discover that despite constant repairs, your roof continues to leak and the flow is heavy and likely to damage your property indoors. If at all this is the case, seeking the opinion of a professional roofer will be necessary as he should be able to assess the old roof and advice you accordingly.

  • If there are some missing shingles

Another way to determine whether you need a roof replacement is if you discover that there are some missing shingles. This will be a clear indicator that your roof might be falling and you should carry out an inspection to determine whether all the tabs are in place. If not, then you should start thinking about a replacement.

It is also important to consider having a new roof for your home in case you spot excessive moss growth. This however will only be important or seen if you have not been carrying out regular roof maintenance something you should avoid. You should not wait until it is too late to replace your roof as doing so could cost you much in damages especially if your house is hit by heavy downpour or hailstorms.

Jerin Merina writes on roofing services. She has shared her knowledge to help home owners on roofing. You can connect with her over on Google+


5 Important Mobility Scooter Comparison Tips

Buying mobility scooter can be challenging especially if you don’t know what exactly you should consider during the selection. There are different types of scooters in the market and each of them comes with different specifications which are necessary to consider if you are to find the best deal. You will need to consider factors such as the kind of surface on which you will be using the scooter and the distance you will be cruising among others. Considering these factors, a few tips will be helpful as you compare different mobility scooters available in the market. These include the following:

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  1. Speed: – When buying a mobility scooter, there are two factors that you should consider as far as speed is concerned. First, you should compare the maximum speed offered by different scooters and secondly, whether the scooters have an automatic speed limiter. Just as it is with vehicles, mobility scooters come with different speed powers and this is based on whether the unit of choice is a rear-wheel drive or a front-wheel drive. Always look at different scooters and see what they have to offer as far as speed options are concerned. Scooters normally come with 5 to 8 mph speed capabilities.
  2. Design: – Depending with the way you intend to use the scooter, it is important to look at the design that best suits you. It is therefore important to compare different designs depending with whether the unit will be used for outdoor or indoor purposes. This will mean looking at 3 wheel and 4 wheel scooters and consider the stability of each based on the aforementioned factors. 3 wheel mobility scooters have a better maneuverability since they do not require larger turning radius and therefore might be ideal if you don’t have much space. 4-wheel mobility scooters however have greater weight capacity and therefore considered ideal for many especially those who are big-bodied.
  3. Portability: – Mobility scooters come in different sizes (Large, medium and small) which is determined by factors such as legroom and padded seating. You might need to compare the different units and see which one offers greater portability options depending with your needs. The size of a mobility scooter is also likely to affect issues such as speed and the distance the unit is likely to cover and therefore you should consider this factor carefully.
  4. Operating range: – Another important factor to use in mobility scooter comparison is that of operating range. All scooters are not created equal and therefore you will find that some are capable of covering longer distances compared to others. Always compare the operating range depending with the purpose as to why you are buying the unit.
  5. Price: – of course cost is an important aspect to consider during your purchase. You should be able to compare different prices from different dealers and see which one best offers the best features and quality that compares well with the pricing. Comparing the prices could help you find the best options from different dealers.

It is important to consider different factors when buying a mobility scooter and this should include the seating posture, your activities and day to day needs. This way you will be able to find one that best suits your lifestyle.

Merina is sharing her knowledge on user issues to get accurate mobility scooter tips and resources.