Five Things You May Not Know about Your Roof
It’s over your head night and day, but do you really understand everything about your roof? What type of shingles you have? How often should they be replaced? If there are any hidden leaks or damaged areas? How to keep them protected? Here are five things you probably don’t know about your roof but should. For more in-depth information, always contact your local Sterling Heights roofers.
The health of your gutters actually affects your roof. Think about it – every time it rains, the water that hits your roof drains into the gutters. Thus, if your gutters are full of leaves and other built-up gunk, moisture is likely to accumulate on your roof, causing problems that will lead to deterioration. This can destroy the wood framing as well as the foundation of your home.
Put simply: if your shingles are looking worn down and out of shape, they probably are. Pay attention when the color of your shingles fades or changes, the shingles become cracked or warped, or anything about their appearance seems odd or different. If there are unexplained dark patches on your roof, you could have a shingle problem that you need to check out right away. These are all common warning signs that you can monitor just by looking at them once in a while. If the roof looks bad from the ground it’s always worse up close.
It’s important when buying a home to find out how old the shingles are. Typically, professionals in the industry say that shingles last around 20 years, so having this knowledge from the get-go is extremely important for any homeowner. The previous homeowners should have this information, if not your real estate agent, so put that on your list of things to ask when looking for a new home.
Replacing your entire roof can be very expensive. Even if you don’t need to replace your roof right now, it’s very important to start planning for that day. Start thinking about ways to save money for a new roof, like creating a separate savings account you’ll only use for a new roof. Don’t assume that you’ll just deal with this expense when the time comes.
Environmentally friendly options
You may not know, but there are many ways you can make your roof into an eco-friendly home covering. Consider using recycled shingles, recycling your own old shingles, installing solar panels, or creating a rooftop garden to reduce your home’s carbon footprint.
These five informative tips should have opened your eyes to at least a few things that you didn’t know about your roof. The important thing for any homeowner is to be aware of issues and the variety of roofing options out there, to keep monitoring for warning signs, and to plan for the future by saving now.
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