Your roof remains your main protection against harsh weather conditions and the elements. It is only natural to expect it to last long. Nevertheless, it is likely that through the course of its lifespan damage will occur.

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Don’t wait for your roof to leak before you call Cooley Roofing to work on your roofing in Winston Salem, NC. Pay attention to these warning signs and take action before these cause substantial damage:

1.   The Age of Your Roof – How long has it been since your current roof was installed? Although some roofing systems can reach 50 years or more, approaching the halfway mark is a good time to start an assessment. Look for signs of deterioration and start saving up for potential reroofing or repair. Your old roof may look good from the ground, but may have serious damage that you failed to notice.

2.   External Damage – Without stepping onto the roof itself, you can inspect your roofing system for signs of damage, especially during spring and fall when the risk of seasonal damage is present. Cracked or missing shingles are generally a sign of wind damage and may not require a new roof unless it’s significant enough. The same holds true when you see granules in your gutters and downspouts. Granules from your shingles do come off and collect in the gutters occasionally, but watch out for loss of too many granules, a good indicator is if you can see them bunched in your downspout, you have too much loss. This can render your shingles brittle and useless against natural elements.

3.   Internal Damage – While a sagging roof and light coming through the roof deck are indications of structural damage, some signs may be a little more subtle. Look out for the first sign of water spots on the ceiling and prevent leaks from getting into your home. Are your windows in Winston Salem, NC, experiencing condensation? It could be a roofing problem. Make sure your roofing is getting proper ventilation so that the warm air can escape, and the moisture doesn’t build up and cause rotting.

Are there signs of damage on your roof that have you worried? Ask our roofing experts here at Cooley Roofing for a free consultation and estimate today. For more information, call us at (336) 766-6488.

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