It’s always nice to have a roof over your head, as the old saying goes. Sometimes we don’t think about roof maintenance until it’s too late. Without the proper steps, a simple leak can turn into a big problem with your roof.

Roofs can often fail resulting from simple natural wear and tear. Even if you have been doing regular maintenance on your roof, if replacing an old roof is delayed, bigger problems could happen in the future with the structure of your home. There are some warning signs that you should look out for so you know when your roof needs attention. Some signs that your roof may need to be replaced are:

Shingles are Curled or Cupped

When the edges of a shingle are curled up, it could cause water and debris to get under the shingle and into the roof. This will result in a weakened roof.

“Bald” Spots On The Roof Appear

If there’s parts of the roof where the granules are missing, it may be time for a new roof. These spots could cause leaks and even eventually cave in. Sometimes the fix could be as simple as changing a few shingles. Other times, the entire roof may need to be replaced.

Cracked Shingles Appear

Shingles are manufactured for durability. However, if your roof is not properly ventilated, or if debris is not cleared from the roof, it can impact the life of your roof, causing cracked shingles. Cracked shingles are an obvious sign that your roof needs attention.

Moss Is Growing On The Roof

If your roof doesn’t get much sunlight, moss can grow on the roof. More than a cosmetic issue, moss holds moisture on the roof’s surface. When this moss and held moisture freezes, this can cause damage to the shingles and the granules themselves.

The problem with moss is that brushing it off won’t prevent it from growing again. A professional roofing contractor may need to be contacted in this case to get rid of the moss for good.

Your Neighbors Are Having Their Roofs Replaced

Neighborhoods are generally built around the same time. If your neighbors are beginning to have work done on their roofs, it’s a good bet that you might need some work done on your roof as well. Also, since neighbors’ homes will suffer the same conditions as your home, your roofs could be in similar conditions.

Your Roof Has Dark Streaks

Algae in the air cause streaks to form on roofs and decks. This is more of a cosmetic issue at first. These algae streaks can be removed using a 50:50 mix of water and bleach which can be sprayed directly on the roof. Don’t use a pressure washer. Instead use a low grade garden hose. This will keep the protective granules in tact. Keep in mind to protect your landscaping from bleach run off as well.

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Many people would be shocked to realize just how much money they can unlock from their homes by performing some simple landscaping tasks. Enhancing the curb appeal of your home will also help increase its resale value. This can be accomplished by simply getting your hands dirty planting a flower garden or by hiring a professional landscape contractor. The investment put into your yard will be reflected in your homes listing price.

Landscaped yards with a well groomed appearance, tend to be more appealing to home seekers. Yards with gardens that are uncared for, or property that has been left un-landscaped, can really detract from the look of your home and cause your resale value to take a bit of a nosedive. Taking the time to care for your yard and gardens is indication that you care about your home inside and out. An obviously well maintained yard will most definitely attract potential buyers.

In order to inspire a potential home buyer to make an appointment to view your home, you need to have them like what they see on the outside first. Working on the exterior of your home and making sure that your yard is well kept will only work to your advantage. Your home needs to stand out, especially if it’s facing other competition in your neighborhood. With just a little weekly maintenance you can keep your property looking great. A professional landscape contractor can also be hired to regularly cut your lawn, trim your shrubbery, and tend to your flower gardens.

When taking on a landscape project, you should consider how long before you plan to sell your home and recapture your investment. If you aren’t planning on selling for five or more years, putting in a vegetable garden or planting your favorite perennials would be fine. These projects would benefit your family and make your yard more appealing and enjoyable. However, if you are landscaping your property close to the sale, you should just focus on projects that increase the aesthetic appeal of your home. Keep your choice of plants, flowers, and stone work very neutral to attract a wider range of potential buyers.

Your main goal is to have your home not only be a house a buyer wants to live in, but also a home your neighbors want to live next to!

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