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Sing It’s Time to Get a New Roof

Sing It’s Time to Get a New Roof

Your home’s roofing system is a critical element that both maintains the structural integrity of your home, and keeps your family safe from the elements. Even a small leak can potentially create problems that can cost thousands of dollars of damage if ignored. Water damage can lead to insect infestation, dangerous mold and other issues that can not only affect your home but can be dangerous to your family’s health.

Sometimes, a roof can reach the end of its lifespan without experiencing failure, or damage. Whatever the case, like installing replacement windows that leak or are worn out to improve energy efficiency, replacing a roof at the end of its life is a home improvement that makes sense, and is more than worth the investment.

So how do you know if your roof needs a simple repair, or if you need a full replacement roof installation?

There are some obvious warning signs. If you see one or more of the following signs you may need a new roof. If you’re not sure whether you need a repair or a replacement, call a professional roofing contractor and arrange an inspection.

Here are some of the red flags to watch for before calling a roofer.

Warning Signs That You Need A New Roof

First, unless you are a professional, STAY OFF OF THE ROOF! It can be extremely dangerous and most of the warning signs that your roof may need to be replaced can be seen using binoculars for exterior inspections and in your attic with a flashlight. Here’s what to look for:

# Visually Check the Shingles

With binoculars from the ground, look closely at your roof. Are the shingles missing, cracked, curled or cupped? Can you see bald spots where the granules are missing? If any of these conditions are present you may want to contact a roofing contractor for a more thorough inspection.

# When Was Your Roof Originally Installed?

If your roof is 20 years old or more, it may be time to start thinking about replacement. While most modern roofing systems typically last 30 years, many factors can accelerate aging. For example, if your location experiences temperature extremes with direct sun all day, or your roof is not properly ventilated. Sometimes, your roof just looks old and worn.

If you’re not sure when you’re roof was installed, look to your neighbors. Often many homes in a neighborhood were built around the same time. If your neighbors are having work done on their roof, it might be a good idea to have yours inspected.

# Perform an Interior Inspection

This is an easy and effective way to evaluate your roof’s condition. Get a flashlight and go up into the attic, and as always be careful! Once you’re in the attic, look for these four common signs:

  1. Daylight Through the Roof Boards – While it’s still dark look at the roof, if you see light coming through cracks or holes, call your roofing contractor immediately. If the light is
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The Importance of Roofing and Siding

The Importance of Roofing and Siding

Many homeowners usually focus the majority of their attention on the interior of their homes when undertaking home renovation projects. The upkeep of the exterior of the house often gets overlooked or put off entirely. What most people don’t know is that it’s just as important to keep the exterior of the house regularly maintained. The following are five reasons why good roofing and siding is important to creating a high-quality renovation:

Transforms Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Your roof and siding are the first things people see when they look at your house. Whether you’re looking to put your house up for sale or just looking for ways to perk up your space, investing time and money to enhance the first impression of your home can pay big rewards in the end.

If the roof of your house is dirty, simply washing it may be enough. If your roof or its color is faded, a fresh coat of paint might do the trick. However, if your roof looks tired and weary due to damage by rust means that it’s time for a new roof. Installing a new roof will bring back your beautiful house’s lost glory.

Protects Your Home’s Interior

If you’ve got a leaking roof, the health of your entire house is in jeopardy. Some of the problems that you might notice include:

  • Damp marks or water stains on your ceiling
  • Wet drywall around electrical fixtures or light fixtures
  • Soggy spots around interior air vents

Damage to the siding also compromises the interior of your house. Cracked or loose siding boards can allow moisture to enter your house and cause water damage on interior walls. Some of the signs that bad siding is allowing moisture into your home include:

  • Loose or peeling wallpaper
  • Peeling paint
  • Fungus, mold, or mildew on interior surfaces

If you renovate your house’s interior but fail to address your roofing and siding problems, your renovation efforts might prove to be futile. Your failure to repair or replace your damaged roof or siding soon enough may lead to more serious damage that might cost a lot to remedy. Therefore, good roofing and siding can play a crucial role not only in protecting and maintaining the integrity of your home’s interior but also in eliminating repair costs.

Improves Indoor Air Quality

It’s nearly impossible for you to enjoy high indoor air quality with damaged siding or with a leaking roof over your head. When moisture finds its way into your ceiling and walls, it sets the conditions right for mold and mildew to grow.

Certain molds can cause a variety of adverse human health problems, including infectious diseases (such as histoplasmosis), allergic reactions (such as asthma), and toxic effects (such as aflatoxin-induced liver cancer).

A high quality renovation is one that leads to the improvement of indoor air quality. So, good roofing and siding can help improve indoor air quality and prevent the adverse human health problems that occur due to exposure to mold and mildew.

Reduces

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