When Do You Consider Roof Replacements

By Grace Rivas

Spring is generally a time for home improvement. Although a new kitchen would be nice, and landscaping could be improved, the roof keeps you and your family dry and warm. Unfortunately, most people only think about their roof when it is leaking. When this happens, it is more likely that the need for full roof replacements never enter their minds. It is extremely important when the weather breaks to inspect the roof.

The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that roofs be inspected during the spring and fall. This inspection can be done by yourself if you are capable. Remember to have a close look at the inside of your house.

Leaking roofs are indicated by various kinds of water marks on ceilings. They may sag, or have darker spots or trails in certain areas. Sometimes, you may even notice a hole through which sunlight can be seen. These are problems that should be taken seriously.

Many people also inspect the outer parts of their roofs themselves. Be careful, however, when you are climbing up so high. When on top, you may notice broken tiles, missing tiles or shingles, the growth of algae or other kinds of wear and tear. You will then have a good idea of the repair necessary.

Remember to look at the state of the gutters too. Their general condition and also if they are collecting an excessive amount of granules from the shingles. This could indicate serious roofing problems. Also look for water damage, including mold and rot, on the lowest parts of the roof. If you find problems, you may need the help of a professional.

A professional will give your property a full inspection, and will provide information regarding the damages and repairs needed. Maybe you can get away with just replacing a few shingles, or with just fixing a part of the structure. It is not always the case that you need a completely new roof. The condition of your house may also rely upon the material that was used to build it.

Different roofing materials have different life expectancies. The three materials most often used for roofing are concrete, tile and cedar. Of the three only one never needs replacing, concrete. Tiles last for up to a hundred years, but if you walk on them individual tiles may break. If you spot cracked or broken tiles it is best to contact a professional to replace them. Cedar lasts for only about 20 years. They are known to split and fall apart, and can be attacked by insects.

Roofing of cedar may need to be completely replaced if it is severely damaged. Some other types of wooden roofing materials will commonly need to be replaced as well. Climbing around on top of a house can be dangerous, especially under certain weather conditions, so you may want to consider hiring a professional. It is also a job that must be done correctly. Have an inspection done about twice a year.

Complete roof replacements can cost a lot of money, and will therefore only be recommended if really necessary. If you must do it feel rest assured that it is money well spent, as without a roof your home will obviously be useless. Take care of your new home improvements so that they can serve you for many years to come.

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