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Why You Should Inspect Your Home's Roof HOW OLD IS YOUR ROOF? As a homeowner, it’s probably easy to start taking your roof for granted; after all, roofing materials are designed to last for years, but as with all things, nothing lasts forever. There will come a time when you'll be tasked with replacing the roof on your home, but where do you start, how do you know when it's time to replace your roof? One of the first signs of a roofing problem will be stained ceilings. ROOFING SHINGLES AND VENT FLASHING These stains, which are usually brown or yellow, is a good indication that water has permeated the roof and is making its way into your home, which is not uncommon if your roof is 15 to 20 years old. This time frame represents the average life of a roof equipped with asphalt shingles, which is the most common roofing system for residential homes. Of course, not all water leaks require a complete roof replacement; in some cases, the problem can be corrected by inspecting/replacing vent flashing, a roofing material that covers the joints in your roof. Vent flashing is made from either aluminum or galvanized steel and is designed to work in conjunction with shingles, to help keep water out of your home. If this roofing material is cracked, warped, or not properly seated water will find it's way into your home. WHEN TO CALL A PROFESSIONAL ROOFING CONTRACTOR Obviously, trying to determine the cause of leaking roof, or when to replace a roof, are not things that the everyday person is knowledgeable about, which is why it is a good idea to enlist the expertise of a professional roofer. Professional roofing contractors are trained to look for worn roofing shingles, problems with vent flashing, inconsistent tarring, improper shingle nailing, and much more. INSPECTING YOUR ROOF While it’s always best to hire a professional roofer, you should still visually inspect your roof for signs of problems. For example, shingles that appear warped or torn may indicate that roof repair is in order, or it's possibly time for a new roof. The same holds true for asphalt granules found in your gutters or downspouts. As asphalt shingles begin to reach the end of their life cycle, their granules can no longer adhere to the shingles, and as a result, they make their way into your gutters and downspouts. So, it’s a good idea to inspect your gutters and downspouts whenever you inspect your roof. GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR ROOF As a homeowner, you’re encouraged to do your due diligence and choose a reputable roofing contractor. Whether you're in need of roof repair or a new roof, quality materials, along with quality workmanship, can ensure that you get the absolute most out of your roof. For example, your contractor should be able to answer questions regarding warranty periods, roofing options, wind speed ratings, and much more. Although it sounds cliché, your home is, in fact, your biggest investment, and therefore, you want to make...
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Roofing Contractors And Arborists: Both Help Homeowners Prevent Leaky Roofs! Do you obtain services from a roofing contractor and a tree care specialist? Sometimes, home owners have a vested interest in ensuring the experts they hire to care for their property occasionally consult with one another. If a skilled arborist helps you maintain your trees in good condition, this individual may also provide useful information you'll want to share with your roofer. Trees And Roofs Most full-time roofing contractors specialize in a very specific type of construction, roofing systems. While tree care and roof maintenance don't appear closely related activities at first glance, these occupations actually both help prevent some roof leak problems. Just like arborists, most experienced roofers have witnessed the damage occasionally caused by trees growing too close to a residence. Trees enhance the beauty of many lovely yards. Yet the branches of vigorously growing trees sometimes expand over the course of time. They may begin overhanging eaves, gutters, or rooftops. When this happens, homeowners risk expensive future repair bills. During a heavy storm, high winds may cause branches to scrape against the roof, potentially loosening shingles, nails, or flashing. Even worse, occasionally dying or dead trees actually topple onto roofs. Preventing Some Roofing Repair Bills Of course, homeowners cannot always prevent sudden roof damage. When a big tree limb pierces a rooftop, this event may require the complete replacement of the roof. The violence of storm hurling a tree limb through the shingles to rupture underlying wooden surfaces and beams demands extensive repair efforts in order to correct the resulting roof leak. Many property owners fail to anticipate the expenses caused by catastrophic roof damage. Yet in some situations, homeowners do have opportunities to prevent some painful roof-related property losses caused by trees. Simply relying on a skilled arborist to help control and direct the growth of the trees in your yard may help limit some accident risks. Today, many landscaping specialists assist customers with this issue, too. They sometimes employ computer programs to prepare projections demonstrating how a recently planted sapling will appear in the yard ten or twenty years in the future. This type of prediction assists customers in selecting the best location for new plantings. It may help avoid roof damage in the future. Some Questions For Your Arborist Sometimes tree care service workers hesitate to caution customers about potentially poorly placed trees. They may fear offending homeowners and losing their business. Yet if you harbor any concerns about this issue, consider inquiring about managing the plantings already growing close to your residence. Arborists may also offer valuable assistance by trimming potentially destructive branches. Additionally, you might ask your roofing contractor to inspect your roof with this issue in mind. During this review, a roofer may notice damage caused by tree branches not visible from a ground level. Don't hesitate to request assistance identifying and correcting this type of common landscaping issue to prevent potentially expensive roof damage later! Aquashield Roofing Address: 4006 Morris Ct, Chesapeake, VA 23323 Phone: (757) 553-5191 Aquashield Roofing Norfolk...