Po­ten­tial in­di­ca­tors of roof trou­ble

The Prince George Citizen - The Citizen - Real Estate Weekly - - Real Estate Weekly -

With re­gard to home re­pairs, home­own­ers may be able to de­lay some projects un­til the weather per­mits or they find room in their bud­gets. But other areas, in­clud­ing the roof, may de­mand im­me­di­ate ac­tion. Few home­own­ers give the roofs of their homes much thought un­til a prob­lem arises. But learn­ing to rec­og­nize po­ten­tial in­di­ca­tors of roof trou­ble can help home­own­ers pre­vent po­ten­tially dras­tic sit­u­a­tions down the road. • Light: Home­own­ers with at­tics in their homes can in­spect the ceil­ings in­side the at­tic for signs of holes or leaks. Light peering through the top of the house indi­cates a hole or leak, as does stains or streaks on the ceil­ing. Worn shin­gles: Shin­gles should lie flat against the roof, so any that ap­pear to be buck­ling or turn­ing up are dam­aged and in need of re­pair. A sin­gle dam­aged shin­gle does not re­quire a full roof re­place­ment, but in­spect all the shin­gles nonethe­less. An­other in­di­ca­tor of shin­gle prob­lems can be found when clean­ing down­spouts or gut­ters. If the gut­ters and down­spouts con­tain lots of shin­gle gran­ules, the roof may soon need to be re­placed. • • Moss: Moss on a rooftop may give a home char­ac­ter, but that added char­ac­ter is costly. Shady areas of a roof can be sus­cep­ti­ble to the growth of moss and fungi be­cause mois­ture can be trapped in such areas. If pos­si­ble, re­move moss or fungi from a roof with a stiff brush or hire a pro­fes­sional to do the job in­stead. Moss may come back even af­ter brush­ing it off, so home­own­ers should keep an eye on areas of their roofs that get lit­tle sun­light. In ad­di­tion, trapped mois­ture can be very harm­ful to a roof, so it may be wise to ex­er­cise cau­tion and have roofs with mold or fungi growths in­spected. Age: An­other in­di­ca­tor of roof trou­ble may be the age of the roof. Even if there are no vis­i­ble signs of dam­age, home­own­ers whose roofs have some years un­der their belt may want to con­sider re­plac­ing them. Asphalt shin­gle roofs typ­i­cally have life ex­pectan­cies of 20 to 25 years, while roofs in­stalled over ex­ist­ing lay­ers of shin­gles may need to be re­placed af­ter 20 years. Rec­og­niz­ing mi­nor roof dam­age be­fore it es­ca­lates into a larger prob­lem can save home­own­ers sub­stan­tial amounts of money.

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