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Should You Repair or Replace Your Roof

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Let’s detrmine if you need to repair or replace your roof.

In the world of overbooked schedules, missed gym practices, endless carpooling, lack of sleep and one too many burnt toasts; who on Earth has time to think about the roof! Unfortunately, we have to – especially if there have been indications that the roof might soon start leaking or if it has already!

The roof is the most extensive surface on your house. From heavy snow to extreme heat to pouring rain, the roof is the first one to take the hit of natural elements, so you need to take good care of it if you want it to last. But, if you are not a roofing professional, how can you be sure that your roof needs repair or replacement?

Check out the following cues we’ve put together to make this easier for you:

Leaky Roof

One of the typically most apparent signals your roof needs repair is a leaky roof; the moment you notice a wet spot on your ceiling, water drippage, or a puddle forming on the floor, it’s time you called someone to check the roof out. The sooner you react the better because otherwise, you are looking at potentially having water damage within your home. Leaks happen for a lot of reasons, the two primary ones been ice buildup and rain damage. Additionally, there are extreme weather conditions, old age, mislaid shingles, and plenty of other factors.

Wear and Tear

Not a big shocker but a thing worth reminding you of is that – no matter what the quality – no roof will last forever. The same applies to roof shingles. The sooner you identify old, loose shingles, the less there is to worry about The first signs you may be in need of a new roof are shingles with dark spots (it means they’ve lost granules which give them texture and protect from sunlight), curled or cracked shingles, or even missing ones. Change the roof before any more damage occurs.

Peeling of Interior / Exterior Paint / Blistering

Heat and humidity are also known factors of roof damage. As the temperature rises, you may see the peeling of interior or exterior paint and the overall exterior decay. Find additional signs for concern in interior stains, as well as mold and mildew. Why do these problems occur? Typically, inadequate shingle underlayment is to blame which then leads to an attic with poor ventilation.

Roof Ventilation Matters More Than You Know

If, upon inspection of the roof, you or the professional you hired couldn’t see any physical damage to the house or roof, check your electric bill. Chances are your energy for heating and cooling will increase as the first indicator that your roof ventilation is failing. A durable roof keeps out hot and cold temperatures, moisture, and furry critters making sure your house is protected and your energy bill on point, and when the roof isn’t creating sufficient ventilation through the attic, that’s when trouble happens.

Roof leakage isn’t always noticeable; so, the best measure of prevention would be to have a professional check on your roof from time to time and eliminate the problem, if there is one. If you need a roofing professional, click here for a FREE estimate from 1-800-HANSONS.

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