Norwalk Roofing: Article About Maintaining an Aging Roof
Because most asphalt roofs last between 12 and 20 years, they can quickly go from being new roofs to aging roofs. Certain things can cause a roof to age more quickly, including storm damage, improper installation and ventilation, and the overall climate where the home is located. A Norwalk roofing contractor can always help show homeowners what they should be looking for during basic inspections and provide minor fixes that could extend the lifespan of the roof.
The easiest way to extend the roof's lifespan is to provide regular inspections. During the inspection, the homeowner should walk around the home while looking at the shingles to ensure that everything is still in place. From within the attic, he or she should look for sunlight streaming through the shingles, water damage and evidence of pests. These inspections should begin as soon as the new roof is installed and should continue at least twice a year.
Over time, roofs begin to show signs of wear and tear. This is often in the form of weakened roofing components, such as in loose or lost shingles, rotting fascia board and soffits, and water damage. When a homeowner does a basic inspection, they should begin by looking at the shingles. If the shingles are curling along the bottom edge, there are portions of the roof missing shingles or the shingles have become blistered, an expert roofer needs to be called out to fix the problem.
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Additionally, homeowners should pay attention to the soffits and the fascia board as these can allow entry to insects and pests if they become damaged.
If the homeowner finds evidence of water damage, such as mold growth, wet ceilings or walls and condensation, immediate repairs are needed. If a weak aged roof allows in leaks that are not mitigated as soon as possible, there is the possibility that the roof can collapse. Because the roof is in a weakened state, it is recommended that any major repairs be completed by an experienced roofer. The roofer will have the proper training to safely walk around on a structure that may not be stable; additionally, professionals can provide expectations about how long the roof may actually last.
There will eventually come a time when the roof repairs will become more costly than replacing the roof. At this point, it may be worth it to have the old roof replaced even if it still functions properly. It is likely that the roofing materials will only last another year or so before they will no longer protect the home.