First off, the more you know about your roof, the better equipped you are to determine if it needs to be replaced or repaired. It is important to have your roof inspected annually so you can stay on top of its condition and recognize signs that your roof is in need of replacement. When the time to replace your roof arrives, consider what type of roof is best for your home, climate and neighborhood. Finally, it is important to prepare for your discussion with a roofing contractor.
Visible roof damage
From the inside of your home, take a flashlight and inspect your attic or crawl space. Slowly shine the light around the area and look for signs of water damage, including dark spots, leaking or trails; sagging in the roof’s decking, and places where outside light is getting through. Next, go outside and look for evidence of missing or damaged shingles, accumulation of sand granules in the gutters, wear around the vents, chimneys and pipes, and any mold or rot. This type of visual inspection is important because something seemingly minor such as a damaged shingle can lead to more extensive issues like mold or rot. If you find any of these issues, it is time to call a professional roofing company. In the Charlotte and Concord NC area, Advanced Roofing and Exteriors can determine the extent of any damage and provide recommendations on either repairing or replacing the roof.
Choosing a new roof
It may be that you are not replacing a damaged roof, but instead want to renovate in a new style or color. You may also find yourself considering roof replacement as a means of reducing energy costs. When you are renovating, you may want to change to a new color or roofing material to better fit in with your neighborhood or house style. If you are hoping to reduce energy costs, consider new roofing materials which better retain heat in winter and repel it in summer.
One of the most popular roofing materials is still asphalt. Asphalt shingles come in two types – 3-tab shingles and architectural shingles. Another popular roofing material is metal and it is used extensively in the Southeast, especially in Charlotte and Concord NC. Metal roofing is more expensive than asphalt shingles, but lasts much longer. It is also very energy efficient. Tile roofing is also a nice material, but is very costly. It is popular in the Southwest and is very durable.
If you believe you may be in need of a roof replacement, conduct this simple inspection inside and out and then call the residential roofer Charlotte homeowners are raving about, Advanced Roofing and Exteriors for an expert opinion.