How to tell if you need a new roof

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How to tell if you need a new roof

When you really think about it, when was the last time you took a good look at your house? If you are like most people you are moving from one point to another, never quite keeping up with the obligations that you have, and if there was a spare second left, it wouldn’t likely be going to looking at the top of your house. For many people a roof inspection typically consists of a possible glance up as you are backing up and pulling out of your driveway. If there isn’t a problem facing us or catching our attention, our focus goes to other things. The trouble is, once you notice there is a problem when it comes toSt. Augustineroofs, it is often too late.

This doesn’t mean that it is too late to do absolutely anything, but it does mean that you have a good chance that your roof is going to need costly repairs, or the damage has crept into other areas that will also take time, effort, and money.

With this in mind it is critical that you take the time to inspect your roof and ensure that you do not have any serious problems or issues that could potentially affect you and your family down the road. In order to do this there are a few things that you may want to do and look for.

To begin with start from the top and work your way down. When it comes to your roof, according to the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) you should be checking it at the very least twice a year. When you are doing this, you should start by going up into your attic if you can.

The first thing that you should be looking for in this area is a sagging section of the roof. Then you will look for any signs of water damage or any kind of leak. If there are dark sections or trails that are leaking you may have a serious problem, and if you can see any kind of outside light coming through any section of the roof then you need to get help as quickly as you can. The issue is that once you have a pathway to the outside any kind of wind, ice, snow, and ultimately water will find its way into your home and destroy what is in your ceiling, in your walls, and ultimately devour other important property. Moisture can also lead to mildew and mold, which can in turn create a health hazard to both you and your family.

From the outside of your home you will want to look for any area of your roof that may be missing any kind of shingles or roofing materials. One thing that people fail to look for is roofing shingle granules, which are similar to sand, and can indicate that there has been damage to your roof.

Although you may think of your St. Augustine home as being safe and not in danger of problems, the truth is there are many ways that damage can quietly occur and without actively seeking it out you may not see it until it is too late. If you have any concerns about your roof call the certified experts at the Fidus Group today at 904-230-5548 to schedule for your next roofing or home improvement project.