Do you own your own home? Have you ever really given the roof on your home a good look? If you're like most people, you've probably never really given much thought about your roof. As long as it doesn't leak, you figure that there's no reason to do so. However, looking at your roof from time to time is one of the best ways to stop leaks before they actually get started. Many roofing issues will actually be visible days or even weeks before you notice any precipitation indoors and you won't need to climb a ladder for an up-close inspection to notice that things are amiss. Some of the most important things that you should be looking for include:
Colored pebbles: Asphalt shingles are coated in tiny bits of what you might call sand, grit, or pebbles. This layer is what gives the shingles their color. It also helps to protect the asphalt layer from the damaging rays of the sun. As shingles age, these bits of colored grit or pebbles can become loose and wash off of your roof. If you have a gutter system, you'll start to notice tiny rocks around your downspout that are the same color as your roof. If you don't have a gutter system, these colored bits should start collecting in or near your roof's drip line. If you see them anywhere on the ground, this is a good sign that you should be calling roofing contractors in your area to get quotes on a new roof.
Curling shingles: When shingles face excessive amounts of heat, they can start to curl up around the edges. This usually happens only when the shingles are at the very end of their life cycle, but can sometimes happen to relatively young shingles that are in direct sun for most or all of the day. If only some of your shingles are starting to curl, ask the roofing contractors that you contact if it would be more cost-effective in the long run to replace the whole roof or just the shingles that are obviously damaged.
Missing shingles: Although perhaps one of the most obvious signs, this is one that can be easily overlooked if you're not paying attention to your roof. After storms with heavy winds, walk around the perimeter of your home, looking up at the roof. Shingles are relatively lightweight and can be blown far away. Because of this, a lack of shingles in your yard has no bearing on whether or not your roof is in need of one of your local roofing contractors.
Contact a company like Top Dog Roofing for more information and assistance.Share
22 August 2017
My name is Janet, and I am a professional architect and interior designer. While I love to design and decorate homes, I have recently developed another passion. I have fallen in love with the flat roof. Most people only see flat roofs in tall buildings in urban areas, but suburban homes can have them too. You can have a roof with a living space, a garden or even a pool. You simply need to design it so that water is adequately drained, and you can enjoy your roof almost as if it were an extra room. Explore the possibilities of flat roofs with me.