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Madison Roofing: Article About How To Spot A Failing Roof

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When a new asphalt roof is installed, homeowners expect that roof to last as long as possible. Even if the homeowner provides the best maintenance possible and has a professional Madison roofing contractor inspect the roof regularly, the asphalt will still eventually decay and wear down. At some point, the roof will have to be replaced. If an expert roofer is inspecting the roof yearly, the homeowner should have a good idea of the remaining lifespan of the roof. Even so, it is recommended that they are aware of some of the indications that the roof is failing.

One of the most important indications that the roof is failing is water damage. This may be seen around light fixtures in the living space, wet spots on the ceiling or walls or even sagging if the leak has been occurring for quite some time. Water damage can lead to mold growth, so it is recommended that a roofer is contacted as soon as possible to find the origin of the leak and determine whether repairs can be made or a replacement is needed.

Over time, the protective mineral granules can be lost.

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These granules not only add weight to the shingles, giving them some protection against wind uplift, they also protect against UV sunlight. If homeowners notice that the gutters are full of granules or the perimeter is covered, the roof has reached the end of its lifespan.

The condition of the shingles is another major indication that should not be ignored. If the shingles are buckling or sagging, there is a possibility that moisture has gotten underneath the shingles. Usually, this destroys the shingles, and they cannot be repaired. However, damaged shingles may also indicate that the underlayment and even the roof deck may also be damaged.

Finally, missing or damaged flashing can be extremely problematic for a roof. Flashing protects weak spots in the roof and the areas around roof penetrations. If this flashing has holes in it or if it is missing altogether, water can get into the attic and into living spaces.

Even the smallest problems with the roof can ultimately lead to extensive repairs or even the need for a complete roof replacement if they are not taken care of. With annual inspections by an expert roofer, these small problems will be caught much earlier than if the roof is not inspected. Over time, these inspections will save the homeowner money in repair costs and even extend the roof's lifespan.

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