Perhaps you have heard that your roof is important. But why? Primarily, your roof serves as a barrier of protection against outside elements for your home when in good condition.
Let’s review the reasons why a good, quality roof is important. In doing so, you can also determine if your roof is in good condition or if some roofing issues may need to be addressed.
Imagine for a second your home without a roof. Without that barrier of protection, your home would be exposed to many elements including whether, debris and animals just for starters. A roof in good condition is going to protect your home from the outside.
On the other hand, a roof in poor or damaged condition is not going to protect as well. Small leaks in your roof can lead to big damage to other parts of your home besides your roof itself.
That’s right. A quality roof in good condition is going to save you on energy costs. Well, “how is that,” you might ask. You see, when your roof is is in optimal condition and properly ventilated, not as much air will be escape through your roof.
When air escapes, whether hot or cold, your AC or heating unit needs to work harder to maintain temperature in the home. When your units work harder, they run longer and cause the home to exert more energy as a result. This will undoubtedly raise your energy bill each month.
If you notice that your energy bill higher than usual, the best thing to do is have your roof checked for these type of leaks.
If there’s one thing homebuyers first notice about a home that is for sale is how it looks. The curb appeal if you will. Is the house well kept up? Does it look like the homeowners have taken care of the home?
When selling a home, having clean roof in working condition is one of the main things homebuyers will likely notice. After all, it’s one of the largest parts of the home and covers the entire house. So you’ll want to make sure it looks good and new.
You know just how important it is to have a good roof for your home. But what if it’s not? How would you know?
First and foremost, if you are unsure, it never hurts to have it checked out. A roofing contractor can let you know the exact condition of your roof and if any repairs are needed.
If you prefer to self-diagnose your roof, here are some of the signs to look for that may mean it’s time to replace or repair your roof:
Naturally, all roofs have an expected lifespan. Shingle roofs can usually last upwards of 20 years. However, during that time it’s likely your roof will sustain at least minor damage or wear and tear. Having your roof assessed can let you know for sure.
If shingles are damaged or you even notice shingles missing from your roof, this is definitely an indication of wear and tear. Signs of damaged shingles include cracking, curling or even loss of granules. If you see this, certainly have a roofing professional take a look and assess.
If you walk into your attic and you can see light from the outside beaming into your attic, this means that there is an opening in your roof. When light can enter though holes in your roof, that means that water can too. Water entering into your home from your roof is a definite need for a roof repair.
When water enters your home from your roof, your home becomes much more vulnerable to things like mold, damage to ceilings, among many other damages.
When you see stains on your roof, many times they are a direct result of algae or water damage. Neither of which are good for your roof. Dark spots can sometimes be an indicator that your roof is absorbing water. Either from damaged shingles, holes in the roof, or even from crowded gutters.
So in the event you notice any of these signs, call a professional roofing contractor. The best way to know for certain if your roof needs to be replaced or repaired is to have it looked at.
As you can see, the importance of a good, quality roof is crucial to the protection of your home. If you are in need of a quality roof for your home, please contact us. As local roofing professionals, we offer free estimates and a 10-year workmanship warranty on all roof repairs.