Regular maintenance of the roof is critical for the safety of occupants and the prevention of additional expense due to maintenance. A properly maintained roof can give you maximum protection during the worst weather conditions. Routine maintenance enables you to avoid expensive replacement of roofing materials and let you resolve the issues with timely roof repair. Replacement also brings about inconvenience for a home’s occupants.

The only way to avoid expensive and inconvenient replacement of roofing materials is through routine inspection. It is wise to call the professionals associated with the tasks of roof replacement to conduct the inspection. However, homeowners may perform a preliminary inspection to determine the need for professional assistance before retaining any service.

Loose Shingles or Cracks

Asphalt shingles are supposed to last for years; however, these shingles may crack due to adverse climatic conditions. The flinging of hard or sharp objects may even damage the shingles upon impact. Loose or cracked shingles may cause water leakage and various forms of water damage. Leaking water may damage appliances, furniture or flooring materials, and even electrical wiring. Growth of mold or mildew may happen in a damp ambiance due to constant leakage of water. A close inspection of the roof may help you avoid these incidents. It may help you notice if the shingle tabs are completely adhered to the base. You may also notice cracks that are present at the edge of a shingle or cover 1/3 area of a shingle’s body during the roof inspection.

Missing/Broken Tiles/Tabs

A close inspection of the roof may even help you notice missing or broken tiles or shingle tabs. It is possible to replace a single piece of broken tile/tab to prevent leakage of water and other associated damage. The presence of broken or missing tile/slab may lead to a damaged roof and you may end up replacing the entire roof instead of a few tiles or tabs due to neglect. You may prevent this expenditure with a timely inspection of a roof.

Distorted Shingles

A close inspection of roofing material also enables you to notice the distortion of the shingles. The asphalt shingles may have a cupped or curled appearance due to aging. The shingles may even become distorted due to buckling. The wrinkling of underlayment or the movement of a wooden deck may lead to buckling of shingles. Distorted shingles require immediate replacement.

Blistered Tabs or Missing Asphalt Granules

Shingles may develop blisters due to excessive heat. It may lead to weak spots that could cause leakage. It is possible to notice these spots after closer inspection. It is also possible to locate many missing granules on the asphalt covering. If the granules are missing, then the asphalt remains open to nature’s attacks from heat and rain.

Determining the Ideal Time for Replacement

Homeowners may determine the perfect time to replace roofing materials after calculating the amount of shingles. If there is an average of one shingle per set, then you will multiply the number by five. With an average of two shingles per set with damages, you will multiply the number by ten. If there are more than two damaged shingles within a set, then you will multiply the number by 20. You will put together six categories in this process.

If the sum of the numbers from each category is equal to or more than 30, then the roof of a building requires immediate replacement. The roof may remain strong for another year if the sum remains in the range of 7-30.

Roofs can be mended with minor repairs if the added number is less than 6. This calculation can help you make a prudent decision about replacing or repairing the roof.