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South Portland RooferNew homeowners and those who have owned their home for many years know how severe weather conditions can be in Maine and the importance of having a well maintained and safe home. A South Portland Roofer said, Most people think of windows and doors when they think of home safety. Unfortunately, they are missing the first lines of defense which are your roof. Being that it's out of site, it should not be out of mind. Roof repair is those words you don't want to hear because it's associated with a major expense, but if you live in a home for a long time you can't avoid some sort of roofing damage.
While older roofs might require a complete re-roof, those newer than 20 years old would most likely benefit from repairs. We encourage you to get an annual roof inspection to rule out and maintain good roofing integrity. Be proactive! During heavy rain Inspect your attic for leaks or water damage.
Also, if any water stains appear on your ceiling or walls, you likely need repairs or a roof replacement. Also, after a storm look for signs of damage from the ground. Check for missing shingles or missing pieces of metal fascia, including any metal pieces displaced from around your chimney. Look at the condition of exhaust pipes, valleys, outer edges or angles where the roof meets the walls. If you see anything out of the norm, call your local roofer.
Don't underestimate the power of the wind. Most roofs are not flat so the effect of wind moving over a roof is where the problem lies. Areas like the corners and perimeter of the roof can be susceptible to higher wind pressures, while the center of the roof might have lower stresses. According to the Superior Roofing of Maine, most wind damage to a roof starts on the edge. Anywhere the roofing material is even a little bit loose, the wind can get below it and push it up, thus giving the wind more to grab onto next time and creating a chain peeling effect. This type of wind damage can start very small, but continue to grow over time through repeated exposure to wind.
Therefore, if you have an old roof or a new roof schedule a roof inspection annually. If your roof is compromised fixing only the doors and the windows will not make your house safe again. We are here to help. Contact your locally trusted Maine Roofer.