If you rent out a home or several homes, it's important to stay on top of maintenance issues. Some issues are hard to overlook since your renters will notice them and ask you to repair them as they arise. However, roofing problems are often overlooked by landlords because the roof is pretty much out of sight and out of mind. Since roofing issues can quickly lead to thousands of dollars in water damage and require that you relocate your tenants during extensive repairs, it's important to stay on top of roof care and maintenance.
When your home's roof starts to suffer extensive wear and tear, you will likely find that it is necessary to replace the entire roof. Failing to replace the roof when it becomes necessary can expose your home to a variety of problems that may result in severe structural damage.
Have Your Roof Evaluated
It is important to note that it may not always be a requirement for the entire roof to be replaced.
If you've got rain gutters, you owe it to yourself, and your home, to keep them clean and in good repair. Your rain gutters are your first line of defense against a great many problems that can plague homeowners. Unfortunately, when your gutters are filled with debris, the water will flow over the sides. When that happens, you could end up facing some serious problems. If you're not sure when you had your gutters serviced, now's the time to take care of that.
Replacing a roof is an expensive venture, but you also can't (and shouldn't) keep repairing your aging roof forever. Knowing when to throw in the towel and have your roof replaced is an important trick that will save you from possible roof collapse, water damage and other dangers of failed roofs. Here are four signs that mean it's time to stop repairing your aging roof:
The Roof Is Sagging
When an old roof starts to sag, it means that the damage it has experienced is more than cosmetic.
Roofs are not usually green and growing. If yours appears to be covered in moss or lichen you may have a bigger problem than you realize. Here is what a lot of lichen on the roof means, and how to remove it.
Moss and Lichen Like Wet, Rotting Things
Moss and lichen like to grow where there is a lot of moisture and a lot of rotting organic debris. If a lot of leaves fall on your roof in autumn and do not come down through wind, rain, snow, and ice, they will sit there and rot.