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You've probably never thought about it, but your roof has to battle a lot of enemies: ultraviolet rays, rain, wind, snow and ice. But the good news is most new shingle roofs are designed to last about 20 years. Slate roofs and some types of tile and metal roofs can last even longer. The actual life span of your roof is determined by several factors, including environmental conditions, material quality, proper application and regular roof maintenance.
How do you know when you roof is in trouble? Look for these warning signs.

  • Shingles that are warped, blistered, missing or torn.
  • Shingles covered in moss or algae, which hold moisture and encourage rot.
  • Loose material or wear around chimneys, pipes and other penetrations.
  • Overhanging tree branches that could gouge the roof in a strong wind.
  • Excessive debris (leaves, dirt, ice, roofing granules) in the gutters or downspouts, which block drainage.
  • Ceiling spots or leaks.
  • Cracked paint.
  • Discolored plasterboard.
  • Peeling wallpaper.
  • Mold, mildew or rot in the walls, ceilings, insulation and electrical systems.
  • A poorly ventilated attic that shows signs of moisture, which promotes the roof's decay. Sufficient attic ventilation can be achieved by installing larger or additional vents.
All homeowners know that proper roofing is the best protection for a house. However, knowing when to replace a roof and with what type of roofing material is often a difficult decision. Roofing shingles come in many styles and are made of many different materials. Most homes today have modern asphalt shingles that come in many varieties that provide different looks in the form of architectural shingles.
Knowing when to install a new roof or to begin a roofing repair is important information. If your asphalt shingles are brittle looking or curled at the edges you will be faced with stripping the old shingles and replacing them with new shingles or other roofing material. If the shingles are in good shape an "overlay" with new material may be all that is needed.

A Good Way To Save Money!
Do you have 1 layer of roof shingles on your roof and the wood decking is in good shape, if so, you are eligible for a recover (layover) which will save you the tear-off, dumpster and labor costs of a complete roof replacement. For all roofs that have 2 layers or more, we highly recommend that all roofing materials be striped to the deck. Our prices are extremely competitive! Call today, you'll be very please you did, our on-site consultation and written estimates are always free!

Not every roof should be change. Sometimes small patch is enough to solve the problem. He is our check list:
1. Vents, plumbing stacks and similar roof penetrations use purpose-made flashings combining rubber or neoprene sleeves and metal. The top and sides sit under the shingles, the bottom sits on top
2. There are several ways to shingle the seam between two sloped fields of the roof. Valleys can be open, as shown here, with a continuous strip of flashing underneath the trimmed shingles. Or valleys can be closed, so the shingles from each side of the valley are interwoven—an approach that requires more skill but experts argue is superior
3. Chimneys require a complex system of overlapping step flashing. Two keys to a long-lasting seal: the top edges must be mortared into the brick joint, and the back of the chimney (not shown) needs a cricket to divert water from very vulnerable roof seams
4. Anothr drip edge protects the fascia board and diverts water into the eavestroughs. This one should sit under the underlay
5. Where roof meets gable wall, the roofing underlay is folded to run at least 4" up the wall. On top of that, step flashing is woven in with the shingles. Finally, siding is installed on the wall and hides the leak-resistant seam beneath
6. A drip edge along the rake of a gabled roof is an often-missed detail, but it helps protect the rake board. It should sit above any underlay

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