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.
If you're a homeowner, you know that proper maintenance is a great way to prevent disasters from happening to your house. If you notice something wrong on your house, it's best to take care of it right away. If you don't take care of it right away a small, inexpensive problem could turn into a large, expensive one. One important part of your home to pay particularly close attention to is the roof. While there are some roof issues you can take care of on your own, there are times you will have to call a roofing contractor.
Here are three reasons to contact a roofing contractor.
1. It's Time for a Roof Inspection
If you have never had a roof inspection on your home, you should contact a roofing contractor as soon as possible. According to some experts, a roofing contractor should do a professional inspection at least once a year.
The best time for a roof inspection is in the fall before the cold weather hits, as this kind of weather can cause roofing problems. Besides annual inspections, your roof should be inspected following a hail or windstorm or any other major weather event.
2. Your Roof Has Sustained Damage
Along with wind and hail, there are many other things that can damage your roof. Some of these things include fallen tree branches, critters, ice, snow, moisture, or poorly maintained downspouts and gutters.
Some of the most common types of roof damage include:
It's important to contact a roofing inspector if you suspect your roof is damaged, or you can see that it is. A roofing inspector will help you know what kind of repairs need to be made, and how much these repairs cost. They can also help with any necessary repairs.
3. You Need to Replace Your Roo
Unfortunately in some instances, instead of making repairs, you may need to replace the entire roof. This is especially the case if your roof is old and has never been replaced. Not all roofs will last the same amount of time, however. For instance, if your roof is made from copper or slate, it can last for up to 50 years.
Roofs with asphalt shingles may only last 20 years. Besides being old, other factors that determine whether your roof needs to be replaced include large numbers of missing or damaged shingles, extensive damage from the wind or hail, or severe leaking. A roofing contractor can help determine if it's time to replace your roof and help you install a new one.