Don’t underestimate the importance of proper attic ventilation. While shingles are the most highly visible part of your roof, ventilation is a critical component to your roofing system. A properly installed roofing system also depends on attic ventilation. Ventilation, which balances air intake and exhaust in your attic, is what allows your home to breathe. It disperses the moisture that can lead to deck rot, ice dams and mold and mildew – not to mention less-than-comfortable conditions inside your home.
It can be difficult to know the signs of an aging roof. But, putting it off can grow into bigger problems later. Here are a few things to look for when it might be time to get a new roof.
Shingle edges are curled or shingle tabs are cupped.
Bald spots where granules are missing.
Your roof is at least 20 years old; while many shingles today are produced for durability, many factors can accelerate the aging of shingles. For example, if your roof is not properly ventilated, it can negatively impact your shingles.
The roof just looks old and worn.
Neighbors are getting new roofs. Homes built around the same time period can be experiencing the same types of weather conditions can mean that your roof is nearing its useful life.
Dark streaks. Airborne algae cause dark streaks on roof decks. While this may not necessarily harm the roof shingles, it may not look good. Algae streaks can be removed using a 50:50 blend of water and bleach sprayed on your roof. It is important to use a low volume garden hose so you do not knock the protective granules off your shingles. It is also important that you protect your landscaping from the bleach run-off.
Moss can grow on roof surfaces. This can happen to those that don’t get much sunlight, especially in cool, moist climates. Moss growth can be more than a cosmetic issue. Moss holds moisture against the roof surface and overtime in freezing climates can cause damage to the granules on the top of the shingles. Moss can be brushed off but it won’t prevent it from growing again; take care not to damage the shingle surface. You may need to contact a professional roofing contractor.
Your safety is always most importantso watch out for these warning signs from the ground! Let the professionals get a closer inspection from on the roof.
If you see any of these schedule a free consultation with our project manager to assess and assist with your roofing needs.
Unfortunately, we live in an area frequented by storms. From thunderstorms to hurricanes we have the very real potential for roof damage. REMEMBER YOUR SAFETY IS MOST IMPORTANT! Observe and document what you can from the ground and provide this to the pros. Let the professionals further assess the damage from the roof top.
1.Inform Insurance Company. Notify your insurance carrier if you expect your roof has been damaged.
2.Document Damage. Your professional roofing contractor should do a complete damage assessment with photographs to be shared with your insurance adjuster.
3. Insurance Claim Decision. This is often done on site with your insurance adjuster. Be sure you have a professional damage assessment done prior to accepting the claim decision.
4.Get Payment. Payments will be made directly to you not the contractor and typically come in two parts. An actual cash value payment immediately and a replacement amount once the roof is repaired or replaced.
5.Premium Discount. Once the work is completed check back with your insurance company and see if you qualify for any discounts on your insurance premiums.