Roof inspections and maintenance are part of the responsibilities of homeownership. Performing such tasks may not be fun and they may take some time, but, in the long run, they will save the homeowner money and hassle. Although homeowners should have their roofs professionally inspected by Essex County roofers at least once during each year, there are steps a homeowner can take to help ensure their roof is in good condition in between inspections.
In the general course of coming and going from their home and being outside around the home, homeowners should keep an eye on the roofs and on the nearby ground. They should look for any shingles that have blown to the ground, as well as on the roof for any missing or displaced shingles. A homeowner can also check the areas where their downspouts empty out to see if there is a large collection of shingle granules, which indicates that shingles are aging or damaged.
Once every few months, a homeowner should use a pair of binoculars, or even a ladder, to view the roof itself.
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They should not only look for missing or displaced shingles, but also those that are missing a significant amount of granules and those that might be buckling or curling. These can all be signs of age or wear and tear on the roof. Even a few missing or compromised shingles can put the entire roof structure at risk. If a homeowner notices anything concerning, they should contract a roofing professional for further investigation. It is not recommended that a homeowner try to repair a roofing problem themselves, due to safety concerns and lack of experience.
Homeowners should also be aware of the age of their roof. When well cared for, most asphalt shingle roofs will have a projected lifespan of 20 to 30 years. If a homeowner is unsure of when the last roof replacement was performed or knows the roof is nearing the 20 year mark, they may want to research getting their roof replaced. It is better to replace it prior to having it fail due to age. If the roofing system fails, it can cause costly damage, such as rotting wood and mold proliferation. In addition, a homeowner should find out if the current roof was built over an old roof. Many roofing companies will do this to save time, however, it can cause the new roof to wear down at a faster rate than if it was installed as the only roofing material.