Owning a home is truly a labor of love. No matter how new or well-built your home is, eventually it will need repairs. One area of your home you can’t afford to neglect is the roof. If your roof is worn, has missing shingles, sags in certain sections or leaks it is imperative that you take steps to minimize the damage. In some cases all you may require are some simple repairs but in extreme cases you may need to replace the roof entirely.
Not every homeowner is adept at inspecting roofs but in some cases the signs of deterioration will be obvious. Here are a few things to look out for:
– Constant drips coming through the ceiling
– Cracked and missing shingles
– Degraded flashing near the chimney
– Excessive granule loss in gutters and downspouts
– Mold build up around chimneys, vents and skylights
If you notice any of the above, then it may be time to replace your roof. If you think roof replacement is expensive, consider the costs of fixing your home when an old roof collapses during a snow storm or hurricane. Also know that if you don’t maintain your roof and something goes wrong an insurance claims adjuster may deny your claim since you could have prevented the damage.
Roofs are extremely important to maintaining the structural integrity of your home. It is recommended that you do regular checks on the roof, both from the outside and in the attic to stay on top of its condition. You can also contract with a roofing specialist to have periodic inspections done to ensure nothing is overlooked when it comes to roof maintenance.