An average roof lasts about 25 years or more. Some can last for a century, but once a roof gets to the end of its useful life, a homeowner can see some signs of damage. This is ordinary wear and tear for an old roof, but for a roof that is still in its prime, there are three main types of damage that can either ruin it or leave you with a steep bill.
Most people work to keep leaks from happening in their plumbing but never forget about the roof. The roof is as susceptible to leaks as the plumbing is. Lost shingles can result in leaks occurring. If you see any, and you should inspect your roof a few times a year, you need to replace them quickly. If the problem is left to worsen, it can cause such extensive leaks that the repairs could be about $12000.
Visual inspections of the roof are all it takes to see if there are any missing shingles or tiles. When you are cleaning your gutters, this is an excellent time to look for missing shingles. Look for missing or damaged flashing, too. Flashing is plastic that wraps around the chimney and the roof’s surface. If it is damaged or missing, it can lead to massive leaks as well as substantial repair bills. Damages that are bad enough will warrant getting an entirely new roof, so always make it a point to take the time to inspect your roof at least a few times a year.
This type of damage is done when the wind blows material off the roof. This can happen if a roofing company failed to install the roof’s flashing correctly. It can also occur when the roof has been exposed to high winds or severe rain. If blown off shingles or flashing are left, they can cause more damage and that result in needing to replace the roof.
If you have experienced a severe storm, check your roof as soon as the storm is over. Check the wood panels in your attic to be sure there are no signs of mold or leaks. If you see bubbling paint on walls or stains on the ceiling, these indicate leaks. Get the problem fixed soon or the repair will be extremely costly.
Punctures are relatively hard to see from the ground or even when you are near the roof cleaning a gutter. These tiny holes are usually the result of damage during the installation process. The reason these small holes can end up being the huge problem is that they are relatively inexpensive and straightforward to fix.
These holes may even still be covered under your warranty. If you let them go, the problem can void your warranty. Get them fixed before they lead to leaks, too. Contact your roofing experts for a through inspection at least once a year, so your minor repairs do not end up becoming huge and expensive.