When to Call Your Redding Roofing Contractor
Ever wonder how your roof is doing? Chances are, if you’re like most people, it probably hasn’t crossed your mind. Unless it’s leaking or sagging or losing shingles, most people never give a thought to its condition. However, it’s a good idea to inspect your roof each year in the spring and fall. Sometimes, problems will be obvious, but if not, you may need to get into the attic or crawl space to get a closer look. Here are some warning signs that should inspire you to call your Redding roofing contractor.
Damages That Affect Lifespan
The lifespan of a roof depends on several variables. What material is your roof made of? What kind of weather is your roof subjected to? Did your roof get damaged in a storm or catastrophic event? In addition to obvious events where your roof would be impacted, such as fires and lightning strikes, things such as heavy rain, high winds, and high temperatures can damage your roof, too. Asphalt shingles are the most common type of roofing material since they are the most affordable. Under normal conditions, an asphalt roof can last 20 to 30 years. Once it nears that point, it’s a good idea to keep a close eye on it.
Before your ceiling starts caving in, there will be telltale signs of water damage. A sagging roof is an obvious sign. Look for dark spots in the ceiling or along the walls. Additionally, if you can see outside light through the roof boards, it won’t be long before water will find its way through it, too. On the roof, if you spot mold, rot, or moisture in areas with missing or damaged shingles, there could be deeper damage.
Look for curling, cracking, torn, or bald shingles. If you spot any of these, it means your shingles and, very likely, your roof have reached the end of their lifetime.
If the fittings around vents, pipes, and chimneys are crumbling or loose, you’ll need to determine if it’s just a minor repair problem or a bigger roof problem. Loose fittings can be either the cause or the result of roofing problems.
Granules in the Gutter
If you’re finding lots of shingle granules in your gutter, it’s very possible your roof is worn and needs replacement.
If you spot anything suspicious and don’t want to risk the trouble it takes to get to the top of your roof, you should call your Redding roofing contractor for a professional evaluation. He’ll know what to look for and he might be able to make small repairs on the spot.