You can say a lot of things about roofs, and most of them might be true. But one thing that nobody can argue with is that roofs are tops. This statement can be taken in several ways. A roof does for the top of your home. It can also act like a "top" or lid for your home, keeping the rain out. Then, there's the third meaning, which is the one we happen to like the most: roofs are the best. (People say things are "tops" when they really like them.) Since we like roofs so much, we've decided to write about them, and you've discovered the blog where we do that.
Keeping your roof in good shape is a job that you do not want to ignore. Here is a short, informative guide on roof maintenance, repairs, and replacement:
Roof maintenance includes tending to things that can help keep the roof in good shape, as well as keeping an eye on your roof to make sure you do not see anything concerning that needs to be addressed.
Make sure the roof is clean, and contact a roofing company to clean it if there are piles of leaves on the surface or if you see spots of mildew growth. Keep the rain gutters cleaned regularly, or have guards put on them so that they are in good condition. Look for signs of curling or missing shingles, cracked or missing tiles, signs of damaged or missing flashing, as well as anything else that indicates a problem with the roof. Keep all trees cut away from the house, and knock down any icicles developing along the eaves, as they can cause damage and are dangerous.
Sometimes roof damage can seem like it is just a minor issue. However, even something as small as a few missing shingles or a minor leak can be much worse than it seems, and this will not be recognized until the roofer comes out and really takes a look.
Some of the signs that you need to have the roofer come out for possible repairs include seeing rotted wood along the eaves or having a leak inside of your home. Another is seeing anything that looks different than normal on the roof. Stains inside the house can indicate a leak, even if you do not see signs of water inside. Finding roofing material in or around your yard can indicate damage to areas of your roof that you can't see from the ground. Any time you feel you have any reason for concern, the best thing to do is to call a roofer so that they can determine what is needed and tend to the repairs.
If you know your roof is nearing time for a replacement, then you may want to have it replaced instead of working on having necessary repairs done. Also, if shingles keep blowing off, you keep finding granules in the gutters, or you have been dealing with ongoing repair issues, then you should just have the roof completely replaced.