Usually, people tend to neglect the roof of their house till it starts leaking. However, it is not a good idea to wait till the danger arrives. It is certainly not a good sight when you take out buckets to stop the leaking roof from spoiling your furniture or the floor. As per the National Roofing Contractors Association, households need to perform regular roof inspection at least twice a year. The two seasons that demands a thorough attention are a spring and fall. With spring around the corners, it is time you inspect or take professional help to inspect the roof. One needs to remove the debris from the rooftops, downspouts, and gutters. While doing so a closer inspection for possible damages is another thing that needs to be done. Seven key signals that indicate that you need to replace the roof or at the most repair it for the damages are:
If you are wondering it’s time you replaced the roof, the best advice would be to check the attic and not the exterior. Carry a flashlight and climb up to the eaves. From its bottom, look for any possible beam of light coming from the top of the house. Also, take a closer look to search for any stains or streaks around the area. These are possible signals of a leaky roof.
Check Old Records
The next thing to do is checking old home improvement records. It is evident people tend to forget the last time they had reshingled or replaced their roofs. Usually, asphalt shingle roofs are meant to be used for 20 to 25 years. Hence, if it’s been 20 years or more, you should seriously be considering a replacement after a thorough inspection.
Check the Shingles
Perform a close inspection of the rooftop for making sure that it is in the ship-shape. Thes inspection is highly significant if a massive storm had subsided in your area recently. The shingles should appear to be flat against the roof, but in case you find cracked patches, it is time to repair. Concurrently, check the gutters, as well as the downspouts for shingle granules as the roof that has lost loads of granules, could be nearing its life.
Flashing around the skylights, chimney seals and vents of the roof will seal the seams of the ceiling. One needs to examine these areas and ensure that there are no breaks or cracks around the area. In old homes, flashing is usually made from roof tar or cement but using a metal flashing system is a better alternative due to its durability.
Protection from Rot
A saggy roof that appears to be droopy is certainly an indicator that you have to replace the roof immediately. If adequate steps are not taken, it may further damage the house. Here, checking the surface to ascertain the presence of rotting boards, sagging sprouts or trapped moisture is important.
Presence of houseplants
Moss on a shady corner certainly looks good in a yard but not on the roof. It indicates the presence of trapped moisture that may ruin the roof. For removing the moss collected in the shaded corners of the roof, you can use the stiff brush but make sure you carefully address the underlying problems.
Lastly, irrespective of the condition of the roof, you should never panic. Having a few damaged shingles that are leaking doesn’t mean that you need to replace the entire roof. In case it not been long enough since you had installed the roof, you can always go for repairs instead of full replacement.
Professional help is certainly important to ascertain the condition of the roof and the best possible measures. Kidder roofing offers its professional roofing services to residents of Pinellas County. They can be reached by calling the customer support number at 727-532-2300 or filling out the quick contact form on their website.
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