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Alamo Heights Roofing: Article About Roof Warning Signs

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Most homeowners have only a basic knowledge of how their homes' roofs work or how to spot signs of trouble. It's important, however, for homeowners to be able to recognize some of the common warning signs so that they know when it's time to call a professional Alamo Heights roofing contractor. The following tips can help homeowners catch any problems in their early stages, which can save them time and hassle in the long run.

When it comes to inspecting a roof for potential issues, safety should be the first priority. Homeowners should keep in mind that using a ladder to get up on the roof should be left to the professionals who know how to do so safely with the right equipment. Too many people find themselves in the emergency room each year in pain with potentially life-altering injuries because they decided to go up on a ladder to try to examine their roofs themselves. Homeowners can safely get a good look at their roofs simply by using a pair of binoculars from on the ground.

One of the warning signs that homeowners should watch out for with their asphalt shingle roofs is balding shingles due to the loss of their granules.

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Homeowners may even notice these mineral specks in their gutters or the areas where their downspouts empty out. Losing granules is an indication that the shingles are nearing the end of their lives.

Homeowners should also be on the lookout for any shingles that are missing, curling, buckling or have otherwise become disturbed. These occurrences are all potential signs that a roof's integrity has been compromised and needs the attention of a professional before leaks or other major problems develop.

The areas around chimneys, flashings and gaskets can also be problematic. Homeowners should carefully look for unevenness and new protrusions around these areas. Since the roofing material isn't all in one piece in these locations, it's where leaks usually begin.

An easy way to check for leaks is to look at the ceilings inside a property or within any unfinished portions of the attic. If the homeowner notes yellow or brown staining in any of these areas, a leak is probably present, and a roofing professional should be contacted immediately to fix the problem and mitigate any damages.

It's also important for a homeowner to consider his or her roof's age. Most asphalt shingle roofs only last around 20 to 25 years, and once roofs made from this material reach 20 years of age, homeowners should be aware that they'll likely need to be replaced soon.

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