Becoming a homeowner can be an exciting time. Owning a home means you’ve invested in the American dream. It’s a commitment that means protecting your investment not only for yourself and your family, but for insurance, tax, and resale purposes down the line. A big move like this can be less stressful if you have a maintenance and repair schedule for every category of your home.
Proper roof maintenance and repair is one of the many elements of responsible home ownership; but unfortunately, many homeowners fail to notice roof problems until it’s too late.
Ignoring signs of a damaged roof can not only add to the cost and labor of a repair, but also contribute to unnecessary stress as a small issue grows into a big problem requiring immediate attention.
If your roof has been properly installed and is younger than 15 years old, it may get by with repairs rather than a full replacement. Let our licensed, professional roofing contractors at Executive Roof Services help you find the roofing solutions that best fits your climate, home’s exterior aesthetic, and budget.
The following information will help you decide when it’s time to call a professional.
1. Roof Age
If your roof is nearing the 20-year mark or you can visually see damage or neglect, it’s time to call a roofing contractor for an in-depth consultation and estimate. Only a licensed roofing contractor can thoroughly inspect your roof for damage due to aging or average wear and tear and make the proper recommendations.
Some of the things to look for are accumulated moss, which can retain water on your roof and leads to roof rot and sun damage that can buckle or break shingles.
While you can often scrape moss off your roof with a stiff brush, it is best to call a qualified roofing contractor with the proper tools and safety equipment to avoid any accidents and to make sure there are no underlying problems like rotted shingles or mold and mildew.
2. Shingles Curling and Buckling
Shingles that are curled or buckling is often a major sign that a new roof is in order. Curling and buckling shingles eventually crack and fall out with age and continued exposure to rain, wind, and prolonged hot, dry temperatures. Be sure to check your gutters for ‘granules’ of shingles, which indicates your shingles are deteriorating. These are common signs your roof needs attention.
Also look at where the sun shines hottest and longest on your roof to check for
shingles damaged by the strong rays. This may be a good time to call for an estimate on repair or replacement before they fall off.
3. Missing or Cracked Shingles
During high winds, rain, or heavy snow, it’s easy for roofing nails to become dislodged causing shingles to crack or fall out. Roofs in neighborhoods with large squirrel populations often experience premature damage to shingles if squirrels burrow under or between them. If you often find shingles on the ground near your home, it’s time to call a roofing contractor to determine the best course of action.
4. Chimney, Vent or Skylight Flashing
In older homes, flashing is sometimes made of roofing material or tar. Sheet metal flashing is becoming increasingly more popular for its durability, however, it may lose its effectiveness over time and it’s important to ensure that the connection between the chimney and the roof is watertight.
Replacing leaky flashing around a chimney can incur additional costs in materials and labor if the chimney itself is damaged.
5. Daylight Through Roof Boards
If your home has an attic, be sure and check to see if you notice any daylight streaming through the roof boards. You should also check for any moisture in the insulation due to humidity or rain leakage, which often turns to mold and needs replacing.
If you see water stains on your ceiling or walls, that means there is sitting water leaking through your roof and immediate action needs to be taken to avoid further costly exterior and interior damage.
Leaks are often located where areas of flashing are installed and can cause significant damage to the entire workings of your home if not spotted and corrected early enough.
6. Roof Valleys
Roof valleys are V-shaped metal channels that run up and down the ‘folds’ of a roof. Roof valleys are channels designed to drain runoff water and can degrade over time with exposure to the elements or debris like leaves.
In some cases, water can become trapped under shingles which have been overlaid to create the valley trough. A licensed contractor will also note if there are any trees or other structures that may damage your roof in case of a severe weather event.
While this is not an exhaustive list of possible complications your roof may incur, it’s important to remember that your roof is one of the most critical features of your home. Regularly scheduled maintenance and service is key to protecting and extending the life of your investment and everything in it.
Hiring a reliable contractor to perform preventive maintenance and repairs is an essential part of responsible home ownership. Let the experts at Executive Roofing Services be your partner in preserving the health and beauty of your home for years to come. You can rely on our crew to deliver high-quality installations and repairs using the right tools and equipment every time.
Don’t trust your precious investment to an amateur when you can get it done right the first time by the licensed, OSHA Safety trained contractors at Executive Roof Services, a family-owned residential and commercial roofing contractor with over 40 years of experience in the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA areas.
We will work with you to identify any damage and present you with options tailored specifically to your situation. Our priority is always to provide you with reliable and affordable service. Contact us today for a free estimate!