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Maintaining Your Roof and Shingles

One of the big differences between renting a home and owning is that if you own a house, you are required for all maintenance work; you don't have a landlord to do these things for you. This can be an expensive proposition. Especially when you're looking at the upkeep of the home's roof. Replacing a damaged roof can be one of the most expensive repairs you'll ever face with your house. That's why it's better to try to prevent problems before they occur rather than fix them when problems arise. Think about your own house. If your roof is experiencing problems such as damaged shingles, rusted flashing, or nails that are popping up, these are warning signs that you need to act quickly. Whether you notice any wear signs or not it is a good idea to contact a company like Precision Roofing yearly to inspect your roof for potential problem areas could save you a lot money down the line.

Two problems that are most common warning signs are blisters on the asphalt or discoloration caused by fungus and algae.

Remember not to wait until it's too late to consider shingling your roof. This is something you need to constantly monitor. A serious leak could begin without your ever noticing if you don't check carefully. Many roof leaks take years to show up. For this reason, make a practice of closely examining your roof at least once every year. Check for rusted flashing or damaged shingles. Also look at the nails: Are they popped up? Examine ever inch of the roof for damage, giving special attention to the chimney, hips, valleys, ridges, and the flashing. Also look in your gutters for granules that have piled up. This is a certain sign that your roof's coating needs to be re-done.

If you find yourself needing to re-shingle the roof, here are some things to keep in mind. First of all, the type of roofing that more people use (probably because it's the most affordable) are composition shingles. They come in different weights and materials, and are quite durable because their center is composed of fiberglass, not felt.

Slightly less popular, but still a valid option, are wood shingles. Before you consider using wood, consult local zoning ordinances, because some places do not allow wood due to the risk of fire. Wood shingle are often made from red cedar. Wood shingles are small and light, but more expensive than other varieties. If you decide to go with wood, ask if they have been treated to minimize the risk. If not, find some that have been.

Those who don't choose composition shingles but who can't afford wood often opt for wood-fiber. These cost slightly less than wood because they're made from hardboard, not cedar. However, you install them almost exactly as you wood true wood ones. One advantage that wood-fiber has, though, is that they tend to go up a lot faster because they come with helpful marks for quick alignment.

There are special things you have to watch if you have asphalt shingles. Check to see if there re any holes or tiny cracks. If so, you can fix these easily with a little roofing cement. On the other hand, if your shingles are wood and you notice any splits, you'll have to get a drill and put a hole on both sides of the split. Then nail the shingle down and seal the split with roofing cement. If the hole is big, it sometimes helps to drive an aluminum sheet beneath the shingle. Often, an old wood shingle will be rotten. If this is the case, it can't be fixed; you'll need to replace it.

Remember: Keeping a safe roof is essential for your family's well-being and your own budget. If this is something you don't feel comfortable doing, then please consult a professional.

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