As a homeowner, you know how important it is to maintain your most valuable asset. And yet, many people neglect their roofs and neglect to engage in annual roof maintenance. Most people are aware of how expensive a complete or even partial reroofing of your home can be, but are unaware how a little spent on maintenance can push that roof replacement into the past. This is why a yearly roof inspection is so important. Here’s what you need to look at.
You do not necessarily need a roofing expert. However, if you suspect a problem, it is always best to call one in. Many companies will offer a free inspection and quote, so there’s really nothing to lose. Still, it is always a good idea to know what to keep an eye out for, and where to pay particular attention. Some issues are simple repairs, while others call for expertise. Here are some common issues and how to deal with them:
This is a relatively quick and simple repair. While you are doing it, examine the flashing for rust and boots for wear. Replacing the flashing and boots is a more involved process, but still, one you might want to do on your own.
A couple of missing cracked, or curly shingles can probably be patched or straightened without issue. However, if there are missing, damaged, or curling shingles all over the roof, you may be looking at a more serious problem. Probably time for an inspection.
If you find moss or lichen growing on your roof, that can be a sign of decay or water damage beneath the shingles. Once again, you should get an inspection to look for larger issues. If you find black algae or mildew you can wash it off if you like. These are only cosmetic and will not harm the roof.
Taking care of your roof through annual inspection and maintenance is the best way to avoid a nasty surprise in the future. Spend a little bit now, and not a whole lot later. The experts at Stanley Exteriors will come to your home and provide a free quote on repairing or replacing your roof.