A roof is a very important part of your home because it keeps the entire family and your belongings safe and protected. Unfortunately, reports have shown that most homeowners don’t repair or replace their roof on time. The problem behind this lies in the fact that most homeowners can’t recognize the right time for a roof replacement. In this article, First Class Roofing will help you recognize crucial signs that indicate your roof needs immediate assistance.
Your Roof is too Old
If your roof is older than 15 or 20 years, you should consider replacing it. If it is older than 25 years, you definitely have to get a new one. If you aren’t sure about the age of your roof, hire a professional to inspect it. If the contractor notices your roof is in bad shape and possibly puts your home and family members at risk, you should replace it as soon as possible. Replacement can be a rather expensive home project, but it is something you must do if you care about your home.
The Top is Leaking
Leaks can usually be fixed without by a roofing expert without tearing down the entire house top down. However, when the top is leaking, it means that the flashing is damaged. This is a sign that this essential part of your roof is worn out and you should give it some attention. Whenever you notice a leak, you should fix it as soon as possible. Timely repair is essential because otherwise the leak will allow a lot of water into the top that will result in mold growth, reducing the overall lifespan of your roof.
Some Shingles are Curled
Buckled shingles expose your home to outside elements such as wind, rain and water. In case a big storm comes up, those shingles can be blown off. This puts not only your home at risk, but other people who may get hurt due to your shingle flying around the neighborhood. Two main reasons shingled get deformed or curled are due to moisture and old age. If you have problems with buckled shingles, you must replace your entire top in order to keep your family safe.
You Noticed Algae on the Top of the House
If you noticed algae on your rooftop, you should be worried. These little creatures are always in the air, but they germinate only when they get caught on damp surfaces. So, if you have them on your roof, it means it is moist. If you don’t fix this problem, the algae will continue to grow and feed on your roof, which will make it weaker over time. The more you delay the issue, the greater the risk is the top can come down. Hire a roofing contractor to inspect the extent of the damage and scrub off the algae from the top of your house. If you are in some DIY repairs and home projects, you could try to use zinc strips to remove them by yourself. However, if you don’t have the proper safety equipment, we don’t recommend this, especially because roof covered with algae is very slippery.