Depending on the material it’s made from, a good roof can last 25 years or longer. With proper care, the life of a roof can be extended, thus saving thousands of dollars in replacement costs and headaches for the homeowner.
Proper care starts with a visual inspection of your roof for signs of damage or potential problems. Ideally, these inspections should be done at least two times a year — in spring and fall — and after any inclement weather. It’s also good to do a quick inspection before a predicted storm blows in. If damage is found early, roof repair services Denver CO can fix it before it becomes a major problem.
On the Roof
You can usually perform a roof inspection without climbing onto the roof. When inspecting your roof from the outside, look for missing shingles or shingles that don’t lay flat; moss, mold, fungi, and heaps of granules; damaged or loose flashing and sagging gutters; and holes caused by hail, tree limbs, or animals. Note tree limbs that might be damaging to the roof. If caught in time, most of these problems can be fixed without a major investment.
In the House
If you have an attic or loft, look for daylight that might be seeping in through the roof. Also check for water spots on the flooring. Take a look at the insulation and ventilation. Improper insulation and ventilation can contribute to moisture buildup, ice dams, and formation of moss and algae on the roof. Inside the house, mold or fungi, water stains on the ceiling, and peeling paint are all signs of previous and potentially new roof problems.
Maintaining your roof in top condition is a smart investment that can hold the value of your home and give you peace of mind. As well, making immediate repairs can save you the cost of a new roof.