Roofs are one part of the house that people just don’t think about that often. Once you build your house and get new roof installation or get a roof replacement put on your existing house, you can go for years without thinking about it. And even though you might catch a glimpse of it every day as you pull into the driveway, you’re probably much too distracted to really give your roof much thought.
There are certain times when you really should start thinking about your roof, because putting it off can cause a lot of problems (if they haven’t started already). Let’s take a look at a few of the reasons you’ll want to contact a roofing contractor.
You Find a Shingle
Even if you just had the conversation at breakfast about how windy it was last night, you’re probably still pretty surprised to open the garage door and find a shingle in the driveaway. The first thing most of us do is to get a good view of your roof from the street, hoping that it blew in from the neighbor’s house! If it did, be sure to let them know that they lost a shingle and need some roof repair. But if you see that it came from your roof, it’s time to give Roofing Resources of Georgia a call.
There’s a Huge Storm
We’re no strangers to storms here in this part of Georgia, so roofs are sometimes threatened by strong winds and heavy rains. Sometimes these storms will further degrade aging shingles, while other times the winds are so strong that they simply rip them off and leave them lying in your yard.
After a big storm, it’s a good idea to check your roof. You don’t even have to get up on it; just get out a pair of binoculars and look for anything that looks like damage. Or you can just have us take care of it for you, because we offer free inspections. If you end up needing roofing repair or new roof installation, we can even work with your insurance company to get it taken care of.
There’s a Huge Hail Storm
While a big storm might roll through the area, it doesn’t always mean that it’s going to leave a lot of roof damage in its wake. But hail? That causes people to call roofing contractors more than anything else.
Hail can cause damage in many ways. The primary damage is often done to the shingles themselves, as hail of any size can break away the surface granules and show the underlying layers of the shingles. Hail is also notorious for damaging the flashing, vents, and fans that
Of course, there’s one type of roof that suffers from hail damage more than another other: an old roof! That’s why you should call if…
Your Roof Just Turned 20 Years Old
If you have a metal roof or a tile roof, then you probably don’t have to worry about your roof turning twenty years old. But if you have 20-year-old asphalt shingles, you’re going to want to start thinking about getting a roof replacement before too long. After all, the roof has been outside day and night for 20 years, holding up to the weather, the UV radiation, the cold and the heat. No wonder it’s getting worn!
Most asphalt shingles are made to last around 20 years, at which point they start to deteriorate quickly. It’s a downward spiral, as the weather we mentioned above does more damage, which causes the singles to lose more of their integrity, which ends up causing more damage. Before it gives out in a way that might compromise the interior of your house, it’s a good idea to call a roofing contractor to start the process of getting a new roof.
You Find a Leak
Though we’d never recommend it, it’s easy to put off roof replacement. “After all,” you might think, “it’s held up for 20 years, what’s another six month before I call for some roofing services?” But then comes the day that you find a leak, whether it’s in your attic or it’s staining your ceiling.
Leaks can lead to many horrible problems in a home. Beyond aesthetic problems like spots on ceiling, water can also cause mold and mildew to grow in attics. This could invite black mold, which is a major allergy concern for many people, cost thousands of dollars to clean up, and make a house difficult to sell. Leaks can also damage wiring if the water gets into the walls, and it can compact insulation so that it no longer does the job it was meant to do.
Don’t wait for a leak before you call a roofing contractor. At the first sign of damage, you should find someone to perform roofing services for you before things get worse, contact Roofing Resources of Georgia.