Roofing is something that everyone who owns a home needs to worry about, especially if a leak occurs. You can tend to roofing maintenance yourself, but it's strongly encouraged to hire a roofing contractor for repairs or replacement. Understanding your roof and the various parts and materials that make it up is important for all home owners to be able to identify possible problems and stay on top of roof maintenance.

Check Your Shingles

Don't hesitate when it comes to replacing shingles. You may want to avoid repairs because of cost but waiting will only make things worse and more expensive. Repairing shingles immediately will save you money and headaches down the road. A properly maintained roof will last you many years.

Be Safe During Maintenance

Make sure you're safely secured whenever you need to go on your roof. Losing your balance is a serious danger, regardless of the steepness of your roof. A loss of balance can cause major injury and may be fatal in some circumstances.

Roof Age

The age of your roof plays a key role in the decision to purchase a new one. Roofs have, generally, about 20 years of life in them. If you have a roof that was put on top of another roof, if 20 years have gone by, you likely must replace it. If you have recently purchased the home or were not around when the roof was initially replaced, it is always a good idea to examine the roof to see how much life is left in it. Examine the shingles themselves to see if there is an adequate amount of granules left on the shingle itself. Often times when the granules begin to come off, it is a sure sign that it's time to replace the roof. Also check for seals around boots and flashing to ensure that it is still properly waterproofed. Cracks in these areas can cause water to get into your home.

Leaks

If you're wondering if your roof is leaking, try spraying it with a garden hose for a prolonged period of time. This might help you determine if you do indeed have a leak and also where the leak is located. Also, keeping an eye on the roof and attic during heavy rain can also help you identify leaks, if any and show you the exact spot where the leak is occurring.

Inspection & Materials

You should inspect your roof carefully on an annual basis. The roof is particularly vulnerable during the cold winter months on in to the warmer spring season. So, be sure to inspect your roof during or after these troublesome months.

You should choose materials used for your roof in relation of the weather. Roofing made of clay is suited to dry climates as it helps cool the home. However, if your climate is rainy, clay roofs can quickly deteriorate. If you don't know what material is best in your area, ask us.