The roofs on our houses are easy to ignore and forget about. They are not at eye level and we do not come in contact with them every day like we do our bathrooms, kitchens, or other interior spaces and fixtures. We often make minor repairs inside the home – to kitchen appliances, bathroom fixtures, wall damage, and other minor defects. We also fix items in the yard, such as sprinkler heads when we see them, but the often forget about the roof of our house until it is too late.
If you haven’t inspected your roof in a long time, or perhaps you never have inspected it, it may not be too late to start. Depending on the age of your roof, it may already have minor damage or leaks. There are some signs to look for that may mean your roof needs to be replaced.
- Water damage. If you see brown spots on any of your ceilings, it may be a sign of extensive water damage, or a possible issue with your gutter system.
- Bats in your belfry? If you have small birds or an army of insects in your attic, you may have severe problems with your roof.
- Noticeable shingle damage. A few damaged shingles may not be bad, but if you see a number of curled or cracked shingles, this may be a sure sign that the roof needs top be replaced.
If you see any of the signs, it is crucial that you contact a roofing professional. A contractor will come out to your home to determine the best option for your roof. It is advisable to get two or three opinions to make sure that what they say is the best option, is actually the best option for you and not the contractor. The vast majority of roofing contractors are reliable and ethical, but a few bad apples sometimes spoils the bunch.
If you do need to replace your roof, there are a few options.
- Metal roof. This type of roof is energy efficient and the most eco-friendly option. It is also not prone to insect infestations.
- Asphalt shingles. This option is the most common and often the most budget-friendly. Most contractor are very comfortable using this type of material and many offer good warranties on both their work and the material.
- Slate. This type of natural stone roof looks great and can last for 40-45 years. More expensive than others, but the look and longevity is a selling point.
Though the roof of a home is often forgotten about, it should not be ignored. It should be inspected annually and repairs should be made as needed. Proper maintenance will add years to the life of a roof, but if the damage is severe, it is important to replace the roof as quickly as possible to avoid any further water damage to your home.