The State of Your Roof: How strong is it?

After a season of tumultuous weather, this is a good time to check.

roof shutterstock_388868320 copyA rough winter of rain and wind might have caused damage or opened up vulnerabilities that should be dealt with now before more serious damage happens.

You don’t need to wait until you’re catching rainwater in buckets. Here are a few checks you can make yourself, without a ladder:

Age matters

A typical asphalt shingle roof lasts about 20-25 years. If yours is older than that, or you don’t know how old it is, it’s time to have it evaluated. There may be weaknesses that have developed that you can’t see, or improvements to be made that will save you money in the long run.

Look inside out

Roofing problems can often be spotted from the other side, meaning your attic. Look for light coming through (which means water can get through) or any staining that could indicate water damage.

Look up

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If you’ve got damage, or need someone to get up there and evaluate your roof, ezhome can help.

Sometimes problems can be spotted from the ground. Look for areas that bow or sag, which can be an indication of serious trouble. Check if any shingles may have been pulled off or out of place by storms. Shingles that are cracked are often a result of wind damage. Curling up on the ends means your roof is showing wear and is susceptible to leaks.

It’s not all or nothing

Not every problem requires a whole new roof. Depending on what’s wrong, repair and patching can fix the immediate problem, and may even get you years more out of your home’s existing roof.

Get an evaluation

To fully assess the state of your roof, an experienced roofer is going to have to climb up there for a closer look. He or she will check joints around piping, an excess of grit from shingles ending up in your gutters, and for the signs of damage we’ve discuss in places you may not be able to see from the ground.

Want an evaluation by experienced, licensed and insured roofers? ezhome can help. Request a free quote on the ezhome store.

Got a friend or neighbor who could benefit from some help around their home and yard? Invite them to join ezhome. When someone you invite purchases a service from ezhome, you’ll each get $50 in credits.


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