It’s Check-Up Time For A Healthy Roof

by / Wednesday, 22 November 2017 / Published in Tips

Just like a yearly check-up for a person, your roof should also get some annual attention. Fall is a perfect time for a proactive roof inspection to check for any potential roof repairs before our cooler and wetter Napa weather hits.

At this time, look for early signs of a roof leak.

● Peeling paint on the underside of overhangs
● Dark stains on ceilings
● Water stains on pipes that vent the water heater or furnace
● Damp areas near a fireplace
● Musty odors in attic
● Sagging decking between rafters

A visual inspection can be done from the ground using binoculars or from second story windows. You will want to look for:

● Missing or broken shingles
● Buckling or curling shingles
● Rust spots or cracked caulk at flashing
● Moss or lichen
● Cracked or worn vent pipe flashing
● Shingle granule buildup in gutters.

Any of these can be a red flag for potential issues.

There are some easy DIY fixes in some cases. Damaged or missing shingles can be replaced and popped nails hammered in place. The flashing around vents and chimneys can be resealed easily with caulk. However, flashing that has rusted or deteriorated should be replaced by a professional. Moss can be done with a moss killer specifically intended for roofs.

Roof damage and leaks will only become worse with time. If you are seeing worrisome signs, contact a professional for a more in-depth roof inspection.

Always keep cognizant of the age of your roof to see if it is nearing the end of its lifespan. If your roof is over 15 years old, it may be time to consider a replacement. The 2017 Remodeling Impact Report put out by the National Association of Realtors® gives the national median cost for a new asphalt shingle roof as $7,500 with a return on investment at 109%. Replacing your roof is the only home improvement that repays more than the initial investment upon resale.

Your roof is a large investment and warning signs should be taken seriously, especially prior to our cool, wet winters. Take great care when you are considering a roofing professional to make repairs. Make sure you get at least two estimates for repair work. Get proof of liability and worker’s compensation insurance and make sure the company is licensed and bonded. Seek personal recommendations and check local reviews. Your roof is no place for amateurs.

When you are considering hiring a professional for roof repairs in the Napa area, consider Modern Method Roofing. We have served the Napa area with expert roofing services for over 63 years. Call us and let us quote your roofing repair or replacement today.

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