If you would like your roof to remain in good condition over the next few years, here are some important tips.
1. Sometimes you Need to Pay a Professional
Your roof should be inspected a few times a year. If you see stains streaking down the shingles or have shingles that have buckled or started curling, rusty flashing and spots that are missing granules you need to call for a professional assessment. If you can see moss or mold on your roof or signs of water stains in the attic you may have a problem. Leaks that appear after a few days of rain, or unusually high utilities bills may also be signs of an issue with your roof.
2. Regular Maintenance
Dust and cobwebs should be cleaned from your ventilation system and any vents. Pipes and vaults should be caulked with a quality sealant. Make sure any exposed metal is painted over to prevent rusting. Clean out old leaves from the gutters so they don’t get blocked and overflow. Remember only to go on the roof if the weather is good and to exercise caution. When in doubt, call your New Jersey general contractor.
3. Choosing the Right Roofing Material
An asphalt shingle roof will last for 20 years but others say that any roof that is fitted correctly and with the relevant components should be able to last a lifetime. Material makes a difference and the type of material you choose for your roof can affect your home’s curb appeal from the street if you plan to sell it one day.
Asbestos was used in the past because of its resistance to fire, its strength and for its insulation properties. However, it becomes highly toxic when it weathers. If your roof was built using asbestos, it is best to call your New Jersey general contractor to help you make the best choice on what to do.
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