Roof problems can be extremely costly to repair if homeowners don't keep up with them, so it's a good idea to do a roof inspection every couple of years. In areas with severe weather, it might even be wise to assess the structural integrity of a roof on an annual basis. When a homeowner notices missing shingles, cracked or buckling shingles, stains or other signs of leaks, Essex County roofers can help fix the problem.
Homeowners don't have to climb on to the actual surface of the roof in order to do a thorough inspection. Often, they'll be able to get all the information they need by examining the condition of attics and other rooms directly below the roof and by studying the roof itself with a good pair of binoculars.
Homeowners should study the general appearance of the roof by checking the condition of its shingles, making sure the nails that hold them down aren't coming loose and verifying that none of them are missing. Asphalt shingles generally have a lifespan between 20 and 40 years while fiberglass shingles can last for as long as 50 years. Wood shingles will last for three decades if they're treated with a finish that makes them impervious to rot and insects.
When asphalt shingles are nearing the end of their functional lifespan, they begin to buckle, and the colored grit that shields their surfaces from damaging sun rays begins to collect around the edges of the shingles and in the roof's gutters.
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This is a sign that a roof is nearing the end of its life expectancy and needs to be replaced soon. Similarly, horizontal shingle cracks may indicate that the mesh underlying the asphalt is no longer structurally sound.
Next, the homeowner should check for signs of leaks. These may be evident as cracks or water stains on ceilings directly beneath the roof as well as accumulation of rot or mold on the roof itself. While lichen and moss don't always indicate a leak, these plants do tend to trap water against the roof's surface, which can lead to roof decay over time. Cracked caulking around the metal flashing that protects roof edges and structures like chimneys, dormers and ventilation pipes can also be a source of leaks.
Homeowners should check gutters and other downspouts to make sure these structures are doing their job properly and redirecting rainfall away from the roof and exterior walls. Small roofing issues can escalate very quickly, so if there are any signs that something's wrong, it's important to look into roof repairs right away.