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If a homeowner notices missing roof shingles, it's recommended to conduct an investigation of any troubling areas. For individuals who are not so sure what to look for when investigating for roofing problems, it may be best to contact Morris County roofers who have experience inspecting and reroofing homes. There are also some warning signs that will help a person know if roof repairs are needed.

When assessing the integrity of a roof, it is important to consider its age. Different types of roofing material will be rated for certain periods of longevity. Roofs that have asphalt shingles on the outer layer will typically last for about 15 to 20 years. A metal roof's lifespan will stretch out as far as 50 years. Comparing the average time that roof material lasts with the age of a roof will give an indication of how much wear and tear the roof should have. Also, a person should take into consideration the weather conditions and climate where the roof exists. Harsh weather can wear down a roof quicker than a roof that is located in a region with mild weather.

Nearly 80 percent of American homes have asphalt shingles.

The roofing contractors from Peter W Smith Construction of Morris County NJ would be happy to answer any questions you have about roof repair or siding repair.

When a roof that has asphalt shingles is nearing the end of its lifespan, a homeowner should look for signs that the roof needs repair or a total replacement. These type of shingles will start to buckle, curl or fall off. Another sign that asphalt shingles are nearing the end of their lifespan is when they begin to lose granules. A homeowner should check the gutters to see if excessive amounts of granules are gathering.

A definite red flag that indicates a potential problem with a roof is when patches of mold or rot are visible. It could mean that the roof has rot in other layers like the underlayment or sheathing. This may be more common in areas that have higher amounts of humidity or rainfall. That excess moisture will wear on a roof, especially if it has wood shingles.

Another area for a person to visibly inspect on a roof is near the joints and angles. In these spots, flashing is installed, which may start to peel or crack. This will allow water to seep inside and potentially pool. Over time, this will cause areas of damage.

A homeowner should look for warning signs inside. This can be done by going up into the attic and visually inspecting the area. If there is any sagging, wet spots, holes or signs of aging, the homeowner should contact a professional roofer.

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