Making sure your roof is in good repair is essential to protecting the rest of your home. Regularly checking for wear and tear, especially after storms is a good homeowner habit to have. One of the first things to know about your roof is the type of shingles used, as this will help in identifying when replacements and repairs need to be made. Each kind has its own particular advantages and disadvantages.
The most common type of roofing shingles are composite shingles or asphalt shingles. They are either made of paper saturated in asphalt or fiberglass coated with asphalt. A layer of adhesive asphalt is applied on top with ceramic granules imbedded. These shingles are fairly inexpensive, but have a relatively short life span of 20 to 30 years.
Other types of shingles are wood shake, slate, metal, clay tile—all of which can out last asphalt shingles, but are also more expensive, making them less common. All types show damage from storms and time differently, but most can be preplaced in sections without requiring an entire reroofing project.
Another aspect of roof maintenance is checking for water damage and wood rot that can occur near gutters or exposed areas. If caught early these are minor repairs, but if left untreated can become bigger, pricier repairs. Because of the importance of maintaining a sound roof over your head it may be advisable to leave such repairs to the professionals, especially with coding requirements and the tools needed. Do-it-yourself roof repairs aren’t for the novice. What looks like a simple shingle replacement may turn into a more time consuming task.
Call Home Improvements of the Carolinas, Inc. at 336-271-3323 for more information on roof repair in the Greensboro area. Our licensed professionals can identify, assess, and fix everything from shingle replacement to repairing wood damage. We can provide you with quality service you can rely on.