Evaluating your residential roof

Residential roof evaluation

When the weather acts up, as it’s prone to do in El Paso, there is the constant nagging in the back of your mind that high winds, heavy rain, hail, or the long-term battering of the relentless West Texas sun may have damaged your roof.

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As your home ages, so does your roofing material, making water damage more likely. Unwanted moisture can result in expensive repairs or replacement, regardless of the type roof you have on your home.

The most common roofing material, asphalt shingles, have a realistic life expectancy of between 15 and 40 years. As they age they begin to cup, blister and lose their granular coating. Like asphalt shingles, wood shingles and shakes will cup, curl, lift, split, rot and be susceptible to insect damage. Tiles made of terra cotta, concrete and slate have longer service lives, 20 to as much as 100 years, but are extremely brittle. Expansion and contraction across the seasons can cause cracking and loosening. In addition, walking on tiles can cause breakage and aging can be difficult to spot.

Instead of climbing a shaky ladder with your binoculars to look for these and other signs of roof decay, call a professional roofer, like those at MAK Roofing and Construction, to evaluate your roof’s stability and offer appropriate solutions if problems exist.