No matter how much you care for your roof, there are a lot of things that can damage or destroy it — from storm damage to mildew to old age. In an article for Bobvila.com, Merv Kaufman says, “The best defense is to conduct regular checks on the roof surface and be mindful of its performance. Discovering minor problems today could mean the difference between repair and replacement tomorrow.” Kaufman’s article further says:
“Liebeler cites some “danger signals” you need to look for to know when your roof isn’t protecting your home:
•Water in your attic after heavy rain or an ice buildup.
•Cracked, curling, missing or loose shingles.
•Noticeable shingle decay; mold or mildew growth.
•Visible stains on interior walls or ceilings.”
For those living in New Jersey, snow and ice buildup are the most critical things to be mindful of in winter, as these could lead to roofing overload and cracking. Residents of Monmouth County in New Jersey can rely on the services of Monmouth County, NJ roof installation experts to prevent or fix these problems. These professional roofers may also be called upon for year-round repair and maintenance services.
Most roofing materials have long lifespans, ranging from twenty to more than fifty years. Slate and metal roofing are considered the most durable, but may not always be a viable option. A home’s construction and design have to be considered, as well as the homeowner’s budget. A professional roofing contractor can help make an accurate assessment of a roof’s current condition, and if a roofing replacement is found to be necessary, the contractor can recommend the most appropriate replacement material.
In addition to functionality, aesthetics also factor greatly into the selection of a roofing material, particularly for historic homes. Wooden shakes, for example, is a good choice for a house with a rustic appeal, as it is not only durable, but will also go well with the property’s natural, backwoods look. Metal tiles that mimic the appearance of wooden shakes can give the same effect, but may be expected to last longer than wooden shakes. A seasoned roofing contractor in Monmouth County, NJ, such as those in All County Exteriors, understands the different aesthetic and functional elements a home needs, and will take these into account in roofing replacement project.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Quick Tip: Roof Repair or Replacement, Bob Vila)