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Roofs are one of the most important parts of a home. They are responsible for protecting the structure, the contents and the occupants of the home from the outside conditions. Roofs undergo a substantial amount of wear and tear at the fault of weather conditions of all types. Severe weather, such as hail and high winds, can add even more stress to a roof, potentially causing damage and putting the rest of the roof and the entire home in jeopardy.

According to Madison roofing professionals, most homeowners will only need to replace a roof once or twice in their lifetime. This is welcome news to many as replacing a roof can be a major expense. The best way for homeowners to make sure their roof has a long life is to perform roof maintenance on a regular basis.

Homeowners should check their shingles regularly. Roofing professionals recommend inspections in the spring and fall as well as after any major weather events, such as hail or severe wind. The shingles are perhaps the most important portion of the roof. They are the most visible, and therefore, the most exposed portion of the roof. Asphalt shingles are the most common in America, but clay, slate and wood are also popular choices. Although a missing shingle or two may not seem like cause for concern to most homeowners, leaving a roof without some of its shingles can be an inroad to serious damage to the structure.

The roofing experts at Hustad Companies of Madison WI can assist you with any questions regarding siding or commercial roofing.

With missing shingles, the exposed area is at risk, as is the rest of the roof. Missing areas of shingles can overexpose the remaining shingles to additional wind and water, leaving them more vulnerable to damage.

In addition to the weather, shingles can also be displaced or damaged by surrounding tree limbs. Even if a homeowner believes that tree limbs are far enough away, they may not be. Tree limbs are heavy and extremely flexible. High winds or heavy ice can cause limbs to violently touch a roof and cause significant shingle damage.

When inspecting the shingles, homeowners should look at the outer layer of the shingle. This layer is composed of granules that protect against the sun's radiation. If these granules are too thin or missing, the roof's underlayment can deteriorate from sun exposure after even a short time. Homeowners can also check gutters and areas where downspouts empty to see if granules have been coming off the shingles.

If a homeowner is not sure if they have roof damage or need to replace their roof, they should check with a qualified local roofing professional.

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