Summer has arrived in Northeast Ohio, which means it’s time to cross those outdoor to-dos off the list. And if you don’t like the weather just wait fifteen minutes and it’ll change.
While you’re busy landscaping, cooking out, or just having a cold one on the patio, do yourself a favor and sneak a peek at your roof. How do the shingles look? The last thing any homeowner wants is to find out they have a leaky roof when the game is on and there’s a rain delay in the living room.
Fortunately, the Canton Superstore location of Dan’s Wholesale Carpet and Flooring is stocked up on Owens Corning shingles so you can be prepared to do a little bit of preventative maintenance on your roof this summer before your shingles give way and leave you sitting in the splash zone. But how do you know when it’s time to replace your roof shingles?
Here’s a few tips to help you know when it’s time to replace your shingles:
- The Neighbors Are Doing It – But it’s not about keeping up with the Joneses. Chances are that your house and your neighbor’s houses were built around the same time, so they’re probably on the same maintenance schedule. Roofs typically last 20–25 years, but shared rough weather conditions can cause roofs in a neighborhood to show wear and tear earlier. If you notice there’s been a lot of roofing contractors in the neighborhood lately, there’s your sign to check the condition of your shingles.
- Shingles Are Showing Wear and Tear – If your asphalt shingles are showing visible wear, it’s an obvious sign that your roof needs replaced soon. To check for curling shingles, take a look at the slopes of your roof that get direct sunlight and make sure the corners sit flush. If they’re curled up or buckling, it’s time to replace. The same goes for any shingles that are chipped, cracked, marked with dark streaks, or missing granules.
- Missing Shingles – High winds and hail can damage roofs, tearing the shingles away. It’s a good idea after severe weather to take a look at your roof and inspect for missing or dislodged shingle tiles. If your house is missing shingles, you should make repairs as quickly as possible to avoid a leaky roof.
- Check Your Chimney Flashing – If your chimney flashing is made of tar or roof cement, you might be ready to upgrade to a new metal flashing system designed for long term use. This crucial junction in your roof can be inviting to critters looking to enter your home, so making sure your chimney flashing is secure can save you from a leaky roof and a pest control bill. It’s likely your flashing and shingles were installed at the same time, so it’s wise to replace both at once.
If you have more questions about roof maintenance, please don’t hesitate to click the FREE consultation at the top of this page or give us a call at (888)-SHOP-123 to speak with one of our friendly roofing experts. Dan’s Wholesale Carpet and Flooring proudly stocks Owens Corning shingles so we can provide you with excellent service and low prices on building materials for the interior and exterior of your home. Inside or out, we’ve got you covered.
So give us a call, schedule a FREE consultation, or visit our Canton Superstore on Whipple Avenue to learn more about how we can help you take care of your roof and keep on keeping dry!