Roof Repair and Maintenance
A new roof can definitely allow a homeowner to breathe a sigh of relief. A new roof under a good warranty offers peace of mind against wind damage, moisture problems, and other weather-related situations that can post a potential problem.
But even a new roof needs regular inspections to ensure that everything remains safe and secure. Small roofing problems dealt with as soon as they are spotted can save you a great deal of time and money.
Roof Inspections Made Easy
But that roof is rather high, isn't it? And you are nervous about getting on a ladder. No worries. There are a few easy ways to inspect your roof that don't require you to climb all over it.
- Invest in binoculars. Looking at your roof from the ground might not provide much in the way of an inspection, but if you use binoculars, the job gets much easier and more effective. A good pair of binoculars allows you to study the roof as closely as if you were standing on it.
- Get in the attic. Roofing problems can lead to roof leaks, and that can lead to moisture in your attic. Go to the attic periodically and look for telltale signs of wetness, such as mold growing in corners or mushrooms flourishing in the darkness.
- Pay attention to chimneys. If your new roof is going to have a problem, it will likely start around the flashing near chimneys and other openings. Inspect these very carefully, especially when you climb into the attic.
- Look for discoloration. Discolored areas of your roof can spell trouble. Asphalt shingle roofing that is changing color or taking on lines of chalky residue, rust, and the like can mean trouble in the long run. If in doubt, call a roofing contractor to make sure all is well.
- Watch your gutters. Birds exploring in your gutters could mean there are insects in there, and that means your gutters need to be cleaned. Step outside during a good rain and look at how the rain is rolling from your roof into the gutters and downspouts. Make a note of any areas that aren't doing what they should.
- Pay attention to storm aftermath. In the time it takes for lightning to flash, a serious storm can lead to equally serious roof repair. Inspect your roof after each storm. Look for shingle roofing that has been lifted, gutters that have become detached, and debris that the storm might have left on the roof.
The costs of roof maintenance now can be dramatically less than replacing the roof again. Regular roofing inspections are the key to saving money and time.
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Roofing vs. Reroofing
If you come to find out that your roof has been damaged and needs to be fixed then there are two main approaches you can take. You can either decide to make a roof repair or replace the entire roof. Roof repairs will generally save you time and money, but in most cases a new roof is the best option. As a general rule of thumb, if the existing roof on is only one layer and there are no problems with the roof deck, a new roof is not necessary.
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