Examine your St. Louis roof to ensure it is prepared to face the harsh Missouri weather this winter.
The roof of your home withstands storms, rainfalls, sunlight, heat, and protects you and your family from a variety of uncomfortable conditions. However, the lifespan of your roof depends on several factors. You, as a homeowner, can control some of these factors, but not all of them. In general, the average roof has a lifespan of around 20 years, according to the National Roofing Contractors Association. However, a roof’s lifespan may vary, depending on the materials used for roofing, local weather conditions, and other factors. Regular maintenance can help extend the lifespan of a roof as well. If you do not know the exact age of your roof, but assume it is nearly 20 years old, you should check for the following signs while giving your roof a periodic inspection.
Did your roof withstand any severe or harsh weather recently?
If your roof had to withstand extremely harsh weather conditions lately, it is time to inspect your roof. The routine maintenance check-up may not suffice, a thorough check-up is often necessary.
Have you noticed any cracks or curls in your asphalt shingles?
Made out of thick, sticky petroleum tar, some asphalt shingles usually have a lifespan of around 30 years. However, depending on your local weather conditions and other factors, asphalt roofs may develop cracks and crevices within 15 to 20 years. You may also notice some shingles missing any time after 15 years. If you notice any signs of damage to your asphalt shingles, you should seek professional help as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of damage, roofing experts may recommend a partial or complete replacement. One good idea would be to get your asphalt roof checked every spring and fall so that you can replace any damaged shingles without delay and thus avoid any further damage.
When did you last check your attic for any leaks?
Ideally, you should check your attic for any leakage every few months. If you notice any damps in the roof, it could be the sign of a leaking roof. Consider using a flashlight for a thorough inspection. Check for any water stains around the attic windows and chimney. If required, call roofing professionals.
Have you noticed small pieces of shingles washing off?
Watch out for any tiny granules flowing through water in the gutters or waterspouts. This is a clear sign that your roof is aging and may need replacement.
Is your roof poorly flashed?
Improper flashing could be a cause of premature roofing problems. Check whether any such issues are causing leaks in the roof.
What type of roof do you have?
Roofs made of different materials have different lifespans. Knowing what type of roof you have would help you set realistic expectation.
Are there any tall trees or branches hanging over your roof?
If yes, consider trimming down the branches every few months. This helps prevent any heavy tree branches falling on your roof, and any unnecessary debris such as tree leaves from piling up on your roof.
St. Louis Roofing Company
It is best to get your roof inspected by a professional roofing company to make sure it is in good order to face the oncoming harsh Missouri weather this winter. At Duration Construction, we would be happy to answer any questions you have about the roof on your home or business. Call us today at (314) 238-1357.