Have you recently purchased a house? Did you have a professional take a thorough look at the roof before you bought it? If you didn't, you're not alone. Many people don't even think about the roof one way or another before they buy a property. As long as the roof isn't obviously leaking, the assumption is that all is well with the roof. But this isn't necessarily the case. There are a number of reasons why a roof might look fine to the average person yet have something wrong with it. Some of the most important reasons why you should have a professional check out your roof include the following:

Age

The older a roof is, the more likely it is to start looking worn or otherwise aged. But a roof that is several decades old won't necessarily look like there is anything amiss with it until something does go wrong and there is a massive leak. If you've just bought a house, chances are that you have no real idea exactly how old the roof is. Unless you have definitive proof that the roof was put on in the last year or two, it's definitely a good idea to have a roofing contractor come out to inspect the roof to give you an estimate as to how much life is left in the roof itself.

Materials

In an effort to save money, it's not unusual for homeowners to sometimes replace their own roofs. In a further effort to save money, they may purchase the wrong materials for roofing. For instance, there may be a sale on nails that are actually too big or too small to do the job properly. Too-big nails risk leaks in the long run, and too-small nails will have the shingles flying off due to not being fastened down properly. If you don't have a professional inspect your home, you may be in for a shock when the roof that you thought was perfect suddenly starts leaking badly.

Modifications

If you have a home with an easily accessible attic, it's possible that a previous homeowner modified the space without paying attention to structural stability or code. Not every home with an attic is going to be like this, but it's a good idea to find out if yours is included. Two modifications that can damage the long-term viability of a home are the plugging up of the attic ventilation holes and the removal of essential roofing materials, such as beams or trusses, in an attempt to make more attic space. Although the latter is going to be most dangerous in areas that receive snowfall, removing major parts of the structure can eventually cause a roof to collapse regardless of the climate it is in.

For more information or assistance, contact a company like RLHayes Roofing & Repairs.

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