More than likely most people in Columbus GA do not perform maintenance on their roof or even inspect it on a regular schedule which can shorten the life expectancy. A small roof leak can be fixed quick however if not repaired, can lead to a larger leak and more damage to your home. Over time weather elements such as heat, snow, rain and wind can slowly deteriorate the shingles causing them to crack, buckle and develop holes which can ruin your ceilings and walls.
Depending on the type of shingles you have, your roof should last 20 to 30 years with regular repairs, maintenance and inspection. Typically 20 years for asphalt shingles, 30 years for architectural shingles and much more for metal roofs. Your roof protects the rest of your home from damage so do not neglect it. Performing regular maintenance on your roof can extend its life and can alleviate the possibility of having to replace your roof too soon.
But the question is how frequently should I inspect my roof? It depends on weather and the age of the roof but a good rule of thumb is to inspect it every two years for worn out or cracked shingles. Most roofing companies in Columbus GA, Phenix City AL and Harris County GA will only give you a one year warranty on a new roof. We get a longer warranty on our new car.
In addition to checking the shingles it is recommended to check the roof vents and soffit vents for good ventilation. Also cleaning your gutters when needed can prevent the fascia and soffit from rotting. When you notice water stains on your ceilings and walls, you probably will have a difficult time finding out where the rain water is coming through your shingles. Getting on the roof and visually looking at your shingles more than likely will not help finding the leak. My recommendation is to have one person on the roof with a water hose pouring water in the general area above the water stains on your ceiling and another person in the attic looking at the OSB plywood which are under the shingles. Water takes the path of least resistance so you should spray water on all areas of your roof. If you have a chimney, check the sealant around the base and also the chimney structure as well. Neglecting and roof leaks can cause mold and mildew in your home which is not good for your health.
If you have tree limbs hanging over your roof, cut them back to keep leaves from sitting and decaying. These limbs also give squirrels a path to your roof causing damage by chewing on the structure in your attic not to mention the waste they leave behind. Also remove any snow or ice buildup on your roof that could cause leaks into your home causing water stains on your ceilings and walls. After a major storm with lots of wind and rain, check your roof for loose or missing shingles, damage to skylights, vent flashings and chimney.
Your roof is one of the most important investments of your home because it protects the rest of your home from harsh weather elements. Performing roof maintenance on your home can save you a lot of money from damage done to the rest of your home structure by water leaks. If you need professional roof repair or replacement in Columbus GA, call One Stop Roofing, LLC for all your roofing needs. We will exceed your expectations and ensure you feel safe and secure in your home.
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