Home Owners Maintenance

Since Las Vegas is mostly known for its dry hot temperatures, it is best to have your roof checked sooner rather than later.  If you know what to look for, and have the time, you could in theory climb on the roof yourself. But why take the risk when the cost is quite reasonable to have a roofing maintenance professional do the job for you. The best time of each year to perform these roofing checks is just before a change in the seasons. How do you know if you need roof repair?

Here are some signs to look for: Outside:

  • Loose, missing, broken or chipped tiles
  • Split, warped or loose shingles, or nails popping up
  • Visible mold or algae growth, dark spots and trails that could be water or moisture damage
  • Loose materials around chimneys, vents or skylights
  • Check gutters for debris or damage and whether  they are securely attached
  • Check drainage to be sure water is not pooling or blocked
  • Check stucco walls for stains or cracks caused by roof leakage
  • Check edges and visible seals for cracks or breaks
  • Sagging of the roof or light showing through in any places
  • Signs of termites or other pests in wood shingles
Never walk on your roof to carry out this inspection.  Besides the danger of slipping or falling, walking on the roof can cause damage to any roof whether new or old.   Leave this inspection to a trained roofer who will be able to correctly diagnose any damage you may have spotted.

Inside:
  • Check ceilings and walls for bumps, spots, stains or mold
  • Check walls and wallpaper for cracks, peeling, water stains or signs of mold or mildew
  • Check that bathroom, dryer and kitchen vents are all properly directed outside and are not blocked by vegetation or debris
  • Is your roof repairable or will it need replacement?
    Usually , if your roof has not reached its end of life, unless there is extensive damage caused by such things as falling trees or structural damage to the home, roof repair is enough to bring your roof back to working conditions.  If your roof is older or severely damaged, replacement may be needed.   The lifespan of a shingle roof is about 20 years, a tile roof may last up to 50 or more years, metal even longer.   Your roofer will give you a more precise idea of the age and condition of your roof so that you can make the decision on whether repair or replacement are the best way to go.

    In either case, if you suspect that your roof has experienced damage or wear and needs repair, it is important to act quickly to fix the problem.  This will avoid the damage getting worse and costing even more to repair in the future.  The best way to save money and protect your home and family is to keep an eye on you roof and spot and repair problems early.