ST. LOUIS, May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- How often do you think about your home's roof? For most people, the answer is not much, at least until there is an obvious problem. Sure, if the roof is leaking and creating puddles inside your house, you think a lot about your roof. Until that happens, most people simply don't give much thought to their roof, even though it is the home's largest surface that protects your family and all of your possessions from the elements.
So why think about your roof if there isn't a problem? According to Bill Hippard, Executive Director for the non-profit Metal Roofing Alliance, "Roofers are most in demand following severe weather such as heavy rain or high winds. If you put off doing repairs or replacing your roof until you have a problem, you may find that the contractor has a waiting list, and your problem will get worse before it can be addressed."
Here are five signs you may need a new roof:
- Missing shingles. High winds can remove shingles from your roof, creating an invitation for leaks. You can use binoculars to inspect your roof without a ladder.
- Shingles that are obviously cracked or peeling – even if the shingles aren't missing, if they're curling or torn, they're on their way to failing.
- Stains or water marks on your ceiling can indicate a leaking roof even if you don't see a puddle. It's important to find the source of the leak and make repairs before the problem grows.
- Discolored shingles can be a sign of mold or algae growth on your roof, particularly in warm, wet climates. The elements are hard on a roof, causing it to deteriorate and fail.
- Age. If you have a typical asphalt shingle roof, and it's more than 10-15 years old, chances are, you're going to need to replace it in the near future.
Metal roofing is a durable option for homeowners who don't want to think about their roof. Once installed, a metal roof with a long-term warranty of 50 years or more will protect a home for years to come. "Unless you choose a metal roof, most homeowners purchase three or more roofs in their lives," explains Hippard. "A metal roof is an investment in your home, and for most homes, it's a one-and-done purchase that provides years of eco-friendly, energy-efficient protection for your family."
To learn more about roofing, and to see how your home would look like with a new metal roof, check out the Metal Roofing Alliance website at www.MetalRoofing.com.
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