Roofing maintenance is essential because if not done properly the roof can quite literally fall on top of your head. At Bay 101 Roofing we have curated a list that will help you identify when you need to replace your roof so that one day you do not have to wake up with one giant hole on your home.
1. Take a look inside
Just by taking a good look at your roof you would be surprised what you could find out. But, don’t go outside and try to get on the roof, just do a brief inspection from the inside in the attic. With a flashlight look for those big cracks and mark them for the roof inspector because they might be the cause for any possible leaks.
2. Make a paper review
Check your home improvement records to see how long ago the roof was replaced or repaired. Knowing when a roof was installed and what its made of gives you an idea of how much life it has left. For example, asphalt shingle roofs last around 20 and 25 years, while roofs installed over existing layers of shingles must be replaced once they reach the age of 20.
3. Check Shingles
Constantly check the roof of your home, especially after rain seasons or heavy storms. The shingles should be held firmly to the ceiling, if you perceive cracked, damaged or buckled areas, it is time to get a roof repair. Are you already on the roof doing your own roofing inspection? Look at the gutters and downspouts, if you get shingle granules, it is a clear signal that your roof is in danger. It’s time to fix it.
4. Flash Forward
The flashing is the best material to seal vents, skylights, and chimneys from rain and weather. Check these areas and make sure there are no cracks that can lead to leaks. Currently, roofers use metal flashing systems to seal these gaps. However, older houses used flashing made of cement or tar. If your house has a flashing system with any of these materials, it is convenient to replace it with a metal flashing system that is more durable and resistant.
5. Signs of humidity
Ceilings that begin to show stains and crumble pieces are sending a clear signal that they need attention. Make an internal inspection for evidence of rot which can be perceived by the smell of moisture, rotten or stained boards and slippery or moldy areas at the lowest points of the roof
6. Unwanted Houseplants
Moss can look great in your home when it’s in the yard or garden, but not when it is up on your roof. Moss, mold or mildew show that there is moisture trapped in the area, which will directly affect the roof of your home. Remove moss from these areas by using a stiff brush, but we recommend that you call an expert because some types of mosses can be dangerous.
7. Calm down!
The fact that your home’s roof has some damaged shingles, leaks, or mold does not mean that it requires a new roof. If your roof has been properly installed and is not yet 20 years old, you can give it a fresh breath by doing repairs without having to replace it completely. To do this, we, at Bay 101 Roofing recommend that you seek the assistance of a licensed contractor who provides you with certified professional advice. This way, you know that you are having quality work done to your roof.
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