Is it time to replace or repair your roof? As a homeowner, you should be able to recognize the signs that your roof requires revitalization before it poses a significant risk to the rest of your home. While the labor and monetary cost of such an undertaking can be surprising, keeping your roof in optimal shape is one of the most important home maintenance practices. Keep an eye out for these potential issues when looking at your roof:
Growing plant life. Being exposed to the outside world gives your roof ample opportunity to collect all sorts of living things that homeowners dismiss as harmless. After all, whose neighborhood doesn’t have a roof sprawling with green? But mold, lichen, moss, and algae growing on your rooftop poses a long term threat, weakening the structure and even destroying shingles. It’s common, yes, but that doesn’t mean it’s harmless.
Missing shingles. Whether or not to repair or replace a roof based on missing shingles depends on just how many are missing. Shingles are relatively inexpensive. If you’re only experiencing a few small leaks, the issue can likely be addressed by a simple repair job. Numerous leaks could be indicative of a need to replace the entire roof.
Dirt and grime. A buildup of dirt isn’t inherently dangerous to your roof. However, it can be masking other problems, like mold growth or damage. Consider having it professionally cleaned when the dirt becomes severe to uncover any other potential problems.
The age of your roof. A well-built roof should last about thirty years if it is well kept. If you had your current roof built or recently replaced, keep that time frame in mind as you save money for future home expenses. Also, look into the manufacturer’s warranty on your shingles. If it hasn’t lapsed, you may be able to have damaged shingles replaced free of charge.
Keeping your roof clean is paramount to its longevity. You can rely on Fleet Kleen Exterior Cleaning Services for all of your roof cleaning needs. Give us a call today at 941-723-0086!