When was the last time you really looked at your roof? It's a big investment, protecting it can save you money. Even if you got out the ladder and climbed up on the roof, would you know what to look for? There is an easy way you can give your roof an inspection without even having to get up on the roof.
Five Signs Your Roof May Need Repairs or Replacement
Step back from your house, near the sidewalk. Look at your roof, you may need binoculars if you have them, are there any missing ridge caps or shingles? Take a good look from all sides of your home. Missing, lifted, or displaced shingles is an indication your roof may need to be replaced.
Look for any rust marks, staining, or streaks. This can indicates metal flashing has been exposed and has started to rust. This causes holes in the roof where water can leak through. Metal flashing has to be maintained, wind and the elements can can lift and damage the metal.
After a windy or afternoon thunderstorm, look for any roofing material on the ground. If you find any, it needs to be repaired before the roof is damaged and starts to leak.
Look near down spouts for any roofing granules. The tiny stones on asphalt shingles are there for protection. If they become dislodged, they leave the mat exposed to destructive UV rays of the sun. If not repaired in a timely manner can reduce the life expectancy of your roof.
Look inside your home, even in the closets, for any stains on the ceiling. A dark closet can have a leak that can go undetected for years. Also look around the roof overhangs. Dry rot is a good indication you may need a new roof, but can be repaired if caught early.
To extend the life expectancy of your roof it is best to have it professionally inspected, especially if your roof is older. Contact your local professionals at Schick Roofing for an appointment.