Knowing When to Repair Your Roof

“All I need are four walls and a roof over my head.”

Most of us have heard this line once or twice, some of us have even used it ourselves. That’s because they represent the metaphoric requirements for owning what most would consider a home. But as any homeowner knows, those parts sometimes need some work from time to time; especially when it comes to keeping the roof in working order.

Knowing when to hire a contractor to patch or replace your roof is important, because it doesn’t take much for a leak to happen and water to wreak havoc on your home in the form of rotting wood, wet drywall, and ruined heirlooms. And spending money on replacing a roof is generally much cheaper than spending money on replacing your posessions.

Your roof adds longevity, curb appeal, and value to your property, which are all important factors in real estate, investing in it is a smart real estate move.

Here are some tips to know when it’s time to get the roof repaired.

 Shingle All the Way

 Missing, cracked, curled, or fallen shingles are the first indicator that your roof may be in need of repair. If anything, it’s a sign that your roof is starting to break down.

When the glue—also known as tar strips—that holds your shingles together starts fading and thinning, shingles will start to break off and fall away from the house. If you look at your roof and you’re missing a single shingle, it could very well be that it’s just a rogue shingle. It could also mean that it’s the beginning of a much larger problem.

Contact a roofer to find out if it’s a one-time occurrence, if it it’s time to start thinking about a replacement.

 Moss is for Trees, Not Your House

 You may love nature, but our homes don’t always share that sentiment. If your roof starts collecting moss, it’s very likely that moss has grown steadily enough that its roots have dug their way under the shingles.

When this happens, your home is under a constant threat of attack from moisture. Moss, which retains moisture, begins to freeze and expand, stretching the tar strips from under the shingles, pulling them away and exposing the wood underneath.

 Seeing Spots

 Discolored shingles aren’t just an eyesore, they’re also an indicator that the granules that protect the asphalt in the shingle have started to be broken down by the sun. Though it is a natural process over the life of the shingle, it also means that the asphalt on the shingle is unprotected and prone to wear down faster due to weather effects.

Discolored spots could also indicate damp areas on your roof, which means you may have an even bigger problem than simply needing to replace your shingles

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