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Grand Rapids Roofing: Article About Identifying Roof Issues

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A well maintained roof can last up to 20 years in the case of asphalt shingles, with other materials potentially lasting much longer. However, weather and neglect can cause any roofing material to break. Left unaddressed, these small issues can develop into much larger issues that require extensive, expensive repairs or even a whole roof replacement. Grand Rapids roofing experts know to check their roof for potential problems and address breakage and other issues before they get out of hand. Like many things in life, your roof is an item for which an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Addressing small problems saves money and maximizes the life of the roof. This article discusses how to spot various small repairs.

There are some roof issues which are detectable from inside the attic or crawlspace of a home. The attic, for example, is the best place to check for water damage caused by a leaky roof, and is also a handy way to discover small punctures in the roof. To check for water damage, look for dark spots or trails in the ceiling of the attic.

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These can be signs of water damage or dry rot, and both are issues that should be addressed promptly to prevent further damage to the roof or the structure of the house. Likewise, small punctures in the roof can be discovered by entering the attic and eliminating interior light sources. Once all the lamps are off, look up at the roof: pinholes of light uncover punctures of any size.

Having done an interior inspection, the next step is to move outside and look at the roof itself. It is easy to cause damage to a roof by walking on it, so this is best done from the ground with a pair of binoculars. Look for shingles that are cracked, torn, or worn smooth. These damaged shingles can cause the roof deck to sustain water damage, and are much cheaper to replace than a portion of the roof deck. Also look for loose debris on the roof. These could have caused damage when they landed, but even if not, could be putting undue strain on the roof deck.

There are numerous issues that can shorten the life of a roof. A little care in identifying issues early can save a significant amount of money in roof repairs, and the maintenance costs are usually quite manageable. The NRCA therefore recommends two roof inspections per year.

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