It can be easy to ignore your roof until you see visible damage from storm damage or leaks, but it’s better to think of your roof as an investment and keep it maintained early on to avoid larger repairs down the road that are both costlier and more time-consuming. If you want to make sure you’re taking care of your roof correctly and saving yourself money overall, act as soon as you have a weather or wind event.
The main reasons roofs break down is because of water damage and age. Water can seep into the smallest cracks and crevices, and over time, this can cause the decking below your shingles to rot, the shingles to fall off, lifting, and granular loss. If you don't repair your roof early, this can lead to extensive damage that will be much more expensive to fix. Everything below your roof is at risk including your home's structure and your belongings.
How Old is Your Roof?
Asphalt Shingle technology has progressed dramatically in the last few years. They are stronger, last longer, and are far more durable and resistant to damage. This is why you can now buy a 50 year architectural shingle. However older shingle technology was simply just not as resistant as the newer systems from companies like Tamko, GAF, and Owens Corning.
If your roof is more than 20 years old, it may be time for a replacement. However, if your roof is still in good condition, you may be able to get away with repairing it. Roof repair can save you a lot of money if you act early before damage has become extensive. It is important you get a complete interior and exterior inspection and action plan in place as soon as possible. You may not be able to see damage but if you have experienced wind, heavy rain, or storms the time is now.
Most commercial roofs and many garage, patio, and extension residential roofs are flat because they are easier and cheaper to build that way. They are also easier to maintain and repair. But, because they are flat, they are more susceptible to damage from the elements. That's why it's so important to get a roof inspection after a big storm. If you wait too long, the damage will become extensive and be much more expensive to repair.
What are We Inspecting?
When we perform your inspection we will examine your existing roof to find clear signs of shingle damage, granular loss, missing shingles, missing seals around stand pipes and vents, and other signs your roof needs repair.
Unlike many companies, we'll also inspect your attic so we can look at your roof decking for signs of water penetration and leaks. These can be some of the costliest issues and if the leak has been there for a significant amount of time it can cause structural issues that must be addressed.