Nobody should wait until the roof begins to leak. Any roof problem that goes beyond repair is a clear indication that you need to invest in a new roof. New and well-maintained roofs do not only boost the aesthetic appearance of your home, but they also increase its resale value.
If you are not skilled in identifying certain roof conditions, however, here's a guide to help you know when repairs are appropriate to do:
Wind damage is the main cause of cracked shingles. Replace the roof if only a few shingles have been cracked and depending on the roof’s condition. It’s not optional to replace a roof if the cracking is randomly spread. Roofers find it tedious and costly to repair cracked shingles that are not isolated to a single area. In fact, the cost of repairing a roof with cracked shingles may not differ much with the cost of installing a new roof in any Salt Lake City home.
Shingles may possibly curl in two main ways namely clawing and cupping. Cupping occurs when shingles edges turn upward while clawing occurs when the edges of the shingles remain flat. Both clawing and cupping are weathering signs and they indicate serious roofing problems. Most weathering signs occur when the roof has had persistent leaks. Repairing roofs with curled shingles may be effective, but not always and the only option left is to replace them.
Roof seams are sealed from harsh weather and rain using flashing. In most homes, flashing is found around chimneys, skylights, and vents. If the roof has been leaking, breaks and cracks will be visible in these areas. Old homes with tar or cement flashing need to be upgraded to metal flashing systems to enhance durability.
Replacing your roof is a costly affair, but it has to be done one of these days, especially if you don't take good care of it. Look for professional roofers who offer maintenance and new roof installation services once they see any of the above signs.