6 Red Flags That Indicate Your Roof Has Seen its better Days

by / Tuesday, 12 December 2017 / Published in Tips

While some individuals may think of springtime as a time of new beginnings and rebirth, others focus on spring cleaning and preventative home maintenance. Ironically, many homeowners fail to realize that the roof over their heads should be included in their clean-up and maintenance endeavors. With regular preventative maintenance, roofing companies in Napa can extend the life of your roof and help prevent any major damage from occurring.

Unfortunately, there will come a time when you will need to contact roofers in Napa for repairs or replacement. The following “red flags” (warning signs) indicate that it may be time to have your roof repaired or replaced:

Appearance is a key indicator – does your roof look discolored, old, or worn out? If it does, it may have seen its better days and you should start thinking about repairing or replacing it.

Dark streaks are another red flag – dark streaks on a roof indicate the presence of an airborne-algae. While this may only be a cosmetic problem and not considered harmful, you should remove the discoloration for the sake of your roof’s appearance. In most cases, spraying a 50-50 mixture of bleach and water will take care of the problem.

Inspect the shingles on a regular basis – if they are balding (granules are missing), cracked, or cupped and curled up on the edges, you should contact a roofing contractor in Napa to inspect your roof. If only a few are missing they will replace it but if there are many that need to be replaced, you will be given options and a quote.

Look for moss growth – if you live in a humid climate, moss growth can damage a shingle’s granules thereby adding to the wear and tear of your roof. Although you can easily scrub off any moss that has accumulated, this won’t prevent any growth from returning in the future. Furthermore, when you’re scrubbing the shingles, you should take certain precautions to avoid damaging them any further.

Other homes in the neighborhood are getting new roofs – new housing subdivisions are constructed of the same materials and are exposed to the same type of climate. So when you see other homes in your neighborhood getting new roofs, you should have yours inspected and get a few roofers in Napa estimates for repairs or replacement.

Your roof is 20 years old or older – there are a number of factors that contribute to your roof’s wear and tear including climate and construction. If you’re unsure about the age of your roof, you should contact a roofing contractor in Napa for assistance. They will evaluate the strength and durability of the roof and advice you accordingly.

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