All Around Roofing: Honest Roofers Parker CO
The roof is like any other major system in the home, and although it is often ignored and taken for granted, it must be properly maintained. Regularly inspecting and maintaining a roof can extend its life and prevent costly damages from occurring.
While full roofing inspections should be left up to Parker roofing professionals, there are many signs and symptoms homeowners can be on the lookout for to ensure better function and a longer life for their roof.
On the inside of the house, homeowners should be aware of the condition of their ceilings. Ceilings that have brown or yellow staining or spotting are usually indicative of a roof leak. It is important to note that the leak may not have even started close to where the staining is located. Up in the attic, there may also be staining if a leak has occurred. Any of these stains are a reason to contact a roofing professional as soon as possible to assess the integrity of the roofing system.
Homeowners should also pay attention to their shingles for balding, which is excessive granule loss. This happens when the asphalt shingle sheds its mineral granules due to aging or damages. These important granules may be found in the gutters and in areas where the downspouts empty out.
Granule loss can indicate premature roof failure or an aging roof that simply needs to be replaced.
Using a pair of binoculars from the ground or safely on a deck, homeowners can usually assess the shingles and flashings. Shingles should be examined for any buckling, curling, cracking or dark spots. Any displaced or missing shingles are also of concern. Flashings are the most common cause of roof leaks and should be visually inspected to see if they are coming up or coming apart. If any of these symptoms are noted, the homeowner should have a roofing contractor look further into it.
The age of the roof is also important for homeowners to keep in mind. Most asphalt shingle roofs will have a lifespan of about 20 to 25 years. As the 20-year mark approaches, homeowners may want to go ahead and consider replacing the roof before any major problems occur. Taking this step preemptively can avoid additional costs and hassles down the road. It can also increase the value and curb appeal of the home for homeowners who may be looking to sell their home in the near future.