Leaky Roofs and Damaged Shingles Could Indicate an Urgent Need for Roof Repair

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There are many beautiful signs of spring: flowers, light rainstorms, and roads that are completely clear of ice and debris. However, if one of the signs of spring is a shower of roofing shingles, it may be time to check for evidence of roof damage from snow. Experts say that damaged roofs share similar characteristics: warped roof shingles, leaky spots in caulk, and discolored areas around chimneys.

While some homeowners are reluctant to consider roof replacement, there are some new options like metal roofs or fiber-cement roofs that enjoy a solid return on investment and that may provide protection from roof damage from snow. Some newer roof types can also work against wind and insect damage as well.

Roofing contractors also recommend yearly “checkups” for roofs of any age. With proper maintenance, a new roof should hold steady for over 20 years, and some roof repair projects may be approved and financed by homeowners’ insurance policies. If homeowners do not carry insurance, however, they may need to foot the bill for leaky roofs or roofs that are damaged by extreme weather.

Recent advances in roof technology have some homeowners considering other installation projects, such as new steel siding and seamless aluminum gutters. There are over 50,000 roofing contractors across the country, and they should be able to help homeowners plan a series of upgrades to their properties that may ultimately raise the resale value of their homes.

Experts report that expanding the square footage of a property has a consistently positive impact on the selling price; homeowners who invest in newer siding, roofs, and gutters tend to have an easier time generating buyer interest, they say. Homeowners are looking for properties with garages, more than one bathroom, and properly maintained roofs. The less money they need to spend on their dream homes after purchase, the more satisfied they will be with their investment in the long term.

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