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Is it Time to Call a Roofer?

Author: L Dewalt  Date: 2017-07-31

Is it Time to Call a Roofer

Is it Time to Call the Roofers?

As a homeowner, there are some basic things you must know about your roof to prevent costly problems in the future. The number one thing you should know is the age of your roof. A typical asphalt shingle roof has about 25 good years before it should be replaced, although weather and other factors can lengthen or shorten that life span. Basically, if it has been 20 years since your roof was installed, it is time to get it assessed at least. Here are a few other times you should call a roofing, Elmira, New York contractor.

Dirt from the Roof?

Take a stroll around the house. Are there piles of what resembles dirt close to your gutter downspouts? These are granules from your asphalt shingles and piles indicate your shingles are at the end of their useful life.

Water Stains

If you can access the attic of your home, it is a good idea to check your roof decking from time to time. Water stains on the underneath side of the decking indicates your roof is failing. It may not be bad enough to leak into your home yet, but it will not be long. The same holds true if you discover mold or moss growing on the exposed decking.

Weather

Has it been a particularly long winter or violent spring? Heavier than usual snow fall or wildly whipping winds can do a number on your roof. When the weather has been crazy, be sure to check for signs of damage such as missing or buckled shingles.

Time to Sell

What is the most prominent feature of your home, particularly from the curb? Grass and front entryways are important but so is the roof! If you are considering selling your home, it is time for a roof inspection. You want to put the best face on your property and an old roof will likely be discovered during home inspection and have to be replaced anyway.

Final Thoughts

Roofs and foundations are two essential aspects of your home. One keeps the home upright while the other protects the occupants and possessions. There is little you can do to maintain your foundation (other than regular pest control) but the roof is easily accessible and fully maintainable. Give your home a long life by regularly inspecting the roof and calling a roofing Elmira, New York contractor when necessary.

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