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Signs Of An Unhealthy Roof

Blog by Joette Fielding | March 15th, 2016

Faster_wear_of_asphalt_shingles_along_eaves-768x576.jpgYour roof, it’s one of the most important parts of your home and yet one of the things you think about the least. In fact, unless the latest rainstorm resulted in a leak in your living room, contacting a roofing contractor is likely never on your mind. But, did you know that leaks aren’t the only symptoms of an unhealthy roof?

Contact a roofing contractor if you notice any of the following:

1. Curling Shingles

This is a big sign that you may be experiencing some trouble soon, in the form of leaks. If the shingles on your roof are curling upward or coming up in the middle, it’s likely time to contact a professional.

2. It’s More than 20 Years Old

Age is more than just a number when it comes to your roof. No matter how healthy you believe your roof might look, it DOES have an expiration date. A good quality asphalt roof should last 20 – 30 years. After that, you’ll want to be proactive and contact a local roofing contractor. Don’t wait for trouble to arise!

3. Missing Shingles

Shingles come loose. This isn’t an uncommon problem; just make sure that you have those missing shingles replaced as soon as possible. While some people may see this as a DIY fix, the reality is that professional roofing contractors have the special training and safety equipment necessary to prevent falls and other potential dangers that come with working at heights.

4. Piles of Grit in the Gutters

If you notice excess piles of grit or asphalt granules in your gutters, then it could be a sign that the asphalt is sloughing off of your shingles. This leaves your roof bare and vulnerable to sun and rain.

5. Increased Home Energy Costs

Have you noticed that your heating and cooling costs seem to be going through …well, the roof? This can be a big sign of unseen leaks and other issues.

Content courtesy of http://www.eieihome.com


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