Not everyone can tell whether or not they need a new roof, but the age of the roof that is currently on the building could be a pretty good indicator of that need. If the roof was properly installed, then the average life expectancy of it will be anywhere from fifteen to twenty years or even possibly more.
If you are having water leaks inside your home, this may not be an indication that you need to replace your entire roof. The leak could be due to a small part of the roof having a hole in it, an area where the roofing was poorly installed, or possibly around areas such as skylights or chimneys.
Whether your roof is made of tile, metal, shingles, or otherwise, the best way to take care of your roof and prolong its life is to simply stay off of it. Cleaning off the roof is necessary after storms and during autumn when leaves are falling on it, but you should limit the amount of time you spend actually walking around on it.
Clearing out your rain gutters of debris is also essential to prevent water damage; a clogged gutter can possibly lead to water flowing back onto the eaves of the home and cause water damage according to Damage Control 911.
In most cases, the local government will not prohibit you from doing your own roofing work on your home. Knowing how to do it is the tricky part, though, and hiring a licensed contractor is preferred. Not all good roofing contractors are licensed, however, but hire one at your own risk.
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