Your home’s roof is just about the most crucial part of it. This is why you need to take good care of it. Most people do not consider the roof until a heavy rainstorm passes and they have to grab buckets to contain the leaks that have sprung from the worn and damaged roof.
You do not want to go through this. Take the time to inspect the roof on a yearly basis. You can usually notice any damage, if it is severe enough, just by looking at the roof. If you climb a ladder to get a closer look, you will see more problems if they are there. Be careful, though, climbing a roof should be something you let your roofer do.
How do you know when the roof needs to be replaced and is not in need of a few minor fixes? The following list outlines the major signs that you need a new one.
If the roof is over 25 years old, it is time to get it replaced. Some roofing materials can last longer than this, but if your roof is like most, it is made of asphalt shingles and will only get through a few decades before needing to be overhauled.
When you do your inspection, do it in direct sunlight so you can see if any of the shingles have started to curl or buckle. These are the main signs that the roof is not only getting old but that it needs replacing. If it is not very old, check that it is still under warranty. Get in touch with your local roofing company. They will be able to replace it according to the warranty terms which means you do not have to pay for it.
Check the gutters when getting up on the roof. Are there any granules in them? If so, it is probably time to get a new one. If the color on the shingles is changing, this is an indication that the granules have worn off.
If there are dark streaks along the shingles, it can mean it is time to get a replacement, but the algae that cause this problem can be cleaned off. Use a blend of water and bleach and spray it using a garden hose. Be sure to run it at a gentle setting, so it does not take off the granules from the shingles. If the cleaning does not help, make sure to contact your roofing company for advice.
If you notice the moss accumulates on the roof often enough, it is more than just an eyesore. It can damage the shingle granules, too. While it can be brushed off, it usually grows back. If it keeps recurring, it can do irreversible damage to the roof.
One last sign that it is time to get a new roof is that the current one looks worn out. If you are unsure if it is time to get it replaced, contact your local roofing experts for help.
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