A roof has an expected lifespan of about 15 to 30 years, depending on the materials used. Many people don’t start worrying about their roof until it’s older, but we at Hadley Roofing of Medford, OR recommend taking the initiative earlier to prolong your roof’s lifespan. As a homeowner, your roof is one of your biggest investments. With winter now in full force, you should make plans to have it inspected come spring. Here are some good reasons you want to keep an eye on your roof.
Selling Your Home
Market trends show spring and summer are the best times to put a home on the market. Getting your roof inspected as spring hits gives you time to address any issues that might arise when it’s on the market. You don’t want to be surprised by roof repairs when a potential buyer’s inspector comes calling, thus reducing the asking price or costing you a buyer.
A Stormy Winter
Your roof faces a lot of enemies every year. Snow piles up, and rapidly changing temperatures, plus heavy rains and high winds, can compound the stress put on your roof. You want any damage the winter caused as soon as possible so you can get it fixed before more inclement weather strikes.
If your roof is over 15 years old, you may need to keep an eye out for damage to the roof. Here are a few things to keep look for if you are worried about damage to your roof. If you notice the following issues, it may be time to call in a roofing specialist.
1. Blistered/buckled/curling shingles
2. Cracked caulk
3. Cracked rubber boots on vent pipes
4. Missing/broken shingles
5. Missing/damaged chimney cap
6. Moss/lichen growth (shows roof decay below)
7. Rusted flashing
Some issues may only need a repair, but an older roof, coupled with obvious damage, likely means it’s time for a replacement.
Examine your gutters also. If you find grit from the asphalt roof tiles, your roof may lack protection against ultraviolet rays. This is common in older roofs.
Spring is the Perfect Time for Roof Inspection
Spring offers you the best opportunity for a roof inspection. The National Roofing Contractors Association suggests bi-annual inspections of your roof after winter and summer. To get your roof inspected by a professional this coming spring, contact Hadley Roofing in Medford, OR today.