Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Protecting Your Roof


A home's roof keeps the structure underneath in good condition and everything inside of it protected. That is why the condition of your roof is so important. A roof replacement, when needed, should take top billing over any other home improvement project you have on your to do list. When is a simple repair no longer possible? How do you know it is necessary to replace your roof? Your local roofing companies can provide you with information to help you make this decision. They may consider a number of things.

Take into consideration how old your roof is. The average life span of a roof ranges from 12 to 20 years. Depending on both the maintenance and upkeep of your roof. After this many years leaks and torn flashings start happening more regularly no matter what type of roof you have.

The condition of interior walls that touch the roof is also an important factor. Warning signs can be seen clearly on interior walls when a roof needs to be replaced. Watch for these signs! If you have missing or peeling paint on interior walls you may have a new roof in your future. Moisture marks on your walls is a sign of water seeping down and a sign of big trouble.

Being hit by snow, hail, rain storms, and direct sunlight again and again are major reasons for a roof to break down. Where do you live? If you are effected by more than one of these things it may shorten the overall life span of your roof. If severe weather has exposed part of your home a roof replacement may also be necessary. With this much damage a simple repair is no longer makes sense.

The number of missing or torn shingles can factor in as well. When you have a big number of missing tiles and shingles on your house replacing the roof is the best decision, instead of choosing to repair it.

Keep an eye on your electric or gas bill. A swing in your heating or cooling bills could signify trouble with your existing roof. If your attic is well insulated damaged shingles could be the cause of this.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The unfortunate thing about a leaking roof is that the symptoms of the problem never manifest until the rain begins to pour or the ice begins to melt. With any luck - if luck can be factored into the equation of a leaky anything - you will locate and address the leak at a time in close proximity to its advent. Otherwise, you may be looking at extensive, extraneous damages, and more than just roof leak repairs to address. A small, undetected leak in your roofing system can soak your attic insulation, seep into the wood of your home's frame and saturate your dry wall panels.

It is important to keep in mind that your pots and pans belong in the kitchen, and they are made for cooking, not catching rainwater trickling into your home from some rooftop shingle gap or tear in your roofing membrane. So, when the rain stops falling and you remove your buckets from their sentry positions beneath your leaking ceilings, you need to pick up the phone and have a professional roofing contractor come and give you an assessment of the situation - and an estimate of your roof leak repairs. With any luck - again, if luck can be factored into the scenario - the leak itself and its related damages will be minimal. Putting off a phone call to assess damages earlier enough will only grow into bigger problems down the road.