When is it time to replace your roof? It happens to all asphalt roof systems just before the product begins to fail. Asphalt roofing materials do not hold up to direct UV exposure so to protect the material Shingle Manufacturers use small colored stone chips called granules to protect the asphalt from environmental elements and to provide an esthetically pleasing look to your roofinspection.jpgroof cover system. Over time these granules will naturally wear off and when this occurs the asphalt surfacing begins to break down causing a downward turn in the shingle’s life.
A very common roof leak is at the electrical mast, especially as the building roof ages.The original flashing installed over the electrical mast pipe before all the electrical connections are installed makes a very good weather tight seal. However with subsequent roof replacements, new flashings are very difficult to install. The most common mistake made during roof replacement is not replacing this flashing. There are many manufactures that make these retro fit flashing kits but for some reason roofer do not stock these. So, what you end up with is caulk or tar over the old flashings and to keep the water out. New flashings are in our option the only option when having your roof replaced.
Thick Moss on shingled roof systems is particularly common in the State of Washington. While roof moss may seem to be just a cosmetic problem, if left in place it can severely damage your roof and even have disastrous consequences for other parts of your home. Moss is a plant that grows naturally on just about any surface including the ground, trees and sidewalks. During the moist cooler months the moss is dormant. Moss is different from algae,lichen or mold fungi which are typically easier to clean and less damaging to the roof.