Like most people, you may be uncertain about when to replace your roof. Here are some roofing tips that will help you inspect your roof without having to climb up a ladder - leave that to a professional roofing contractor. It’s a lot safer for you to perform an initial inspection from the ground by using a pair of binoculars to help you see any problems.
Here is what to look for:
Curled up shingles – This can allow rain to get in and they’re easily damaged by wind.
Granules worn off – Granules protect the shingle from sunlight and water. If they’re worn off, the shingle will deteriorate. Look for granules in your gutters and by the down-spouts. You may see dark spots on the shingles where granules are missing.
Loose or missing shingles – This can cause leakage.
Cracked or broken shingles, shakes or tiles – A common cause of a roof leak.
Nail pops – Small holes where nails have popped through the shingle can cause leakage.
Spots on your interior ceiling – May indicate that the roof is leaking and is in need of roof repair.
Black or green streaks – Algae can discolor your roof and make it look ugly and can also lead to serious damage or roof failure.
Sagging roof – Typically means the roof is old, has structural damage or failing support systems, or has too much weight on it.
Age of roof – Depending on the quality, most shingles last 10-25 years. If your home is the same age as others in the neighborhood that are getting new roofs, it may be time to replace yours also.
These signs mean it is time for an inspection by a licensed roofing contractor.
Feel like it is time for a roof inspection? Take Bob’s advice and only use licensed contractors to work on your roof!
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