One of the largest investments made during a person's lifetime is the purchase of home. To ensure the optimal returns on investing in real estate, maintenance is critical. A home's value can increase or decrease based upon market trends, internal improvements, changes to the exterior, and foundation stability. When staying in a house for an extended period of time various key features require more attention than others. A roof, for instance, while usually requiring little attention, can cause devastating results if neglected.
For preventative measures, branches and other obstacles that may fall onto the roof during a storm should be cut back or removed completely. Gutters should be cleaned regularly, especially before and during the fall and winter seasons. Simple self-inspection can mean the difference between a stress-free storm season or disaster.
To decide if a roof needs repair, keep in mind just a few reminder tips for homeowners:
- A definitive sign of repair would be aware leaks or holes after a storm. This will require immediate attention. While self-repair options are readily available for leaks, a larger issue may be at work; If the damage is extensive, then a professional should be contacted immediately, so as to limit the area of consternation.
Also to be noted are dark spots or blisters in the interior of the home. Discoloration to the interior ceiling indicates damage to the exterior. Always remember to check the attic ceiling as well. In the attic interior, inspections are for mold, as well as discoloration.
The color of the roof can inform the owner as to whether the tiles are in need of replacement. A close color to the original roof color indicates a newer roof; the better the color, the less likely the need for a repair.
If more than one-third of the roof is damaged, consider immediate replacement. A lost roof during storm season can cause more financial damage than replacement before collapse. Most roofs are covered under warranty. Keeping a close eye on the expiration date and guidelines early on in ownership saves trouble and concerns later down the road.
Shingles that are improperly placed may curl, or buckle. Finding shingles after a storm or noticing curling is a sign of possible need for replacement.
The average roof life is approximately 20 years. At certain ages, it is actually less expensive to have a roof replaced than to maintain continuous repairs. The best way to know if a roof needs a professional repair or replacement is to have a professional inspection.