Many people can’t tell the roofing contractor just how long it has been since a new roof was put on their home.  For many it is a guess at best.  A roofer will be able to examine the roofing material and structure and give homeowners an estimate.  If you think it has been awhile since your roof has been replaced and you are starting to see wear it is time to bring in the professionals to get their opinion on the likelihood your roof is nearing its last season.


Regular roof maintenance is needed to keep major roof issues from becoming a problem.  A new roof is expensive however a new roof structure is more than expensive.  It is important to keep the structural elements of the home intact.  With the seasonal changes we experience in the North our shingle roofs take on more wear and tear than other areas.  It is a good idea to have a professional roofer inspect your roof regularly, especially if you cannot see areas of the roofer to inspect yourself.  This will prevent damages from going unnoticed.


If a leak is developing or a crack in the surface of the roof it is an extremely poor attitude to use the wait until it becomes an interior problem approach.  Once a roof leak has led to interior damages you are most likely beyond a minor repair.  With neglect the situation can become one in which repairing the roof is no longer an option and the only thing left to be done is to replace the roof.  It is defiantly more financially savvy for regular maintenance then it is for an entire roof replacement.  With regular maintenance your roof could last five to seven years longer than a roof that is left without any regular care.


Roofing contractors specialize in roofs.  This means that the knowledge they have about the structure and materials far outweighs what the average homeowner knows.  Their training allows them to be able to look at different situations and provide reasonable solutions to the issue no matter how large or insignificant a homeowner may consider the issue at hand.  They also have on hand all the tools necessary to complete the job in an efficient manner and to prevent it from arising and causing future issues.  Many do it yourself homeowners don’t effectively know how to go about repairing or replacing a roof and end up with a lot of time and money wasted trying to accomplish the project themselves.


Leaving issues of water leakage untreated can lead to bigger problems such as mold and mildew.  Mold is a common problem in attics if a roof leaks and the attic doesn’t have proper ventilation.  This can lead to major structural damage which in the long run can prove to be a fairly expensive mess to treat.  Prevention, early detection and repair are the key elements when it comes to finding roof damage.  Word of mouth and referrals are great ways to find reliable roofing companies.  If you are new to the area you can turn to the internet as well.  Be sure to find a licensed contractor.  You may have to interview more than one to find someone that is perfect for your roofing needs.