Unlike your hair, you may not notice the condition of your roof. It could be that your roof is fine. Maybe not. It’s important to do a check on it twice a year, just so you don’t have to worry about a suddenly, terribly damaged roof. Here are some tips and steps for keeping a high-quality roof.
– The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends a roof inspection twice a year. Start from inside your house. Take a flash light and go up to the attic.
1) look for roof sagging
2) water damage is an obvious bad sign
3) dark spots probably aren’t good
4) any lights outside showing through the roof
– Check the exterior of the roof. Look for any kind of rotting, buckling, curling, blistering or algae growth.
1) looking for obvious visual signs (cracks, tears, missing shingles)
2) look for loose materials
3) watchout for excessive shingle granules
4) look for any signs of moisture or mold (especially if you are in a humid climate)
Roofs can be comprised of different materials, and often it is dependent on location. Cedar, tile, and concrete are three common types of roofs. Cedar has a lifespan of about twenty years, while tile can last for nearly a century (though individual tiles will break). It’s important to know that tiles can be individually replaced. Don’t start to worry about your whole roof if you think a tile is damaged, just call a professional. Concrete roofs last forever (or within the reasonable limits of what can be considered to be a very, very long time).
If you have to replace your roof, consider what weather conditions your home will endure. What roofing is best for your climate? You want a roof that will thrive for a long period of time in the given conditions of your region.