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The domino effect is a chain reaction that occurs when a small change causes a similar change nearby. Just like a small leak that leads to rotted wood, mold and a huge headache. And let’s not forget about construction costs.

The realization that the roof on your home is the only barrier of protection between you and everything the sky precipitates. Unfortunately, most homeowners usually forgo roof inspections until a disaster provides them a reminder that something is wrong. The roof over your head protects you from all of nature’s elements year round. Perhaps that was why your parents made such a big deal about living under their roof. 🙂

Did you know that the lifespan of your roof varies by the type & material? Other elements such as weather & climate apply as well.

Here are some generic roof lifespans:

  • Rock Roofs: 12-15 years
  • Composition Shingles: 12-20 years
  • Shake/Wood Shingles: 20-25 years
  • Metal Roofs: 50-75 years
  • Clay Roofs: 50-100 years

Too often homeowners neglect roof maintenance until Mother Nature forces them. However, repairing ceilings and roof leaks could be avoided with a seasonally proactive inspection. It’s important to visually inspect your roof of what may be in store for you before the climatic weather season begins. Having to replace shingles every now and then is much easier on your home (and wallet) than waiting to do a complete resurface.

The folks in the Northeast dug out from a blizzard last week that dumped up to 3 feet (a meter) of snow on the most densely populated part of the region. Homeowners need to realize that their roof just went through a long duration of stress from the weight of the snow and high winds. I would highly recommend when the snow thaws, you get a professional roofing expert to inspect and ensure the structural integrity of your roof.

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  1. This is so true and important. I ended up with having to replace ceiling drywall because of not checking the roof. Much more work than just repairing the roof.

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