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Do I need to replace my roof? Answers to your household questions

If you are wondering whether it's time to replace your roof, windows or if that basement stench is OK, answers have arrived. TODAY contributor Lou Manfredini stopped by Studio 1A to answer viewers' home questions.

How do I know when to replace my roof?

“There’s not an alarm,” Lou said about when it’s time to replace your roof. Keep in mind that the average life of a roof in the United States is 13 years, but when you see granular materials start to come off or roof shingles start to curl, that’s a sign to do something. Check the attic and if leaks are coming through, it’s time to repair.

When the time comes to replace the roof, do a “tear off” instead of re-roofing. Having two roofs on your home when you try to resell can hurt your chances of finding a buyer.

When should you consider replacing your windows?

If the window works, you most likely don’t need to replace it. If the sides of the window are letting in daylight, Lou recommends adding a strip of caulking. If the storm window is damaged, simply replace the storm window instead of the whole unit. Storm windows cost $120, as opposed to the entire window which can be much more costly.

Is it OK if your basement smells a little musty?

Musty smells often mean water is leaking somewhere, so it’s not OK. Pay attention to the downspouts and the landscaping around your home for places where water is pooling. If you notice water pooling, build up the soil so the water moves away from the house.

This article was originally published on Aug. 19, 2015 on TODAY.com.

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