When is the last time you looked at your roof? If you are like most people it's probably been a while. It is not something that we think about everyday but taking some time to check your roof can save you time and money down the road. It may also prevent a lot of damage if there are any problems. Your roof is also one of the "big ticket" items that buyers will want updated if you should decide to sell your home.
Spring is a great time to check your roof before the rainy season begins. If you are not comfortable going on your roof yourself consider hiring a roofing company to inspect it for you.
Take a quick look for any split, cracked warped or missing shingles. If you see any missing shingles they should be replaced right away to avoid leaks. If you see curling shingles this may mean it is time to replace your shingles. Curled shingles may allow water to be trapped under it potentially rotting the sheeting underneath. If you see granules you will know that your roof is reaching it's life expectancy, shingles will start to lose their granules as they age. If you see a lot a granules in your gutter it may be time to re-shingle.
While you are on the roof, check any caulking that you can see. The caulk can dry out over time and may need to be replaced. The same goes for any rusty flashing.
Most roofs should last between 20 and 25 years. If you are not sure how old your roof is you should have it inspected by a qualified Sarnia roofing specialist.
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