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Homeowners should be mindful of the life expectancy of a roof. This number should have been noted by a professional home appraiser or inspector the last time financing was obtained. If that is not available, it's prudent to consider hiring a professional home inspector to find out the projected life of the current roof.

It's a good idea to not wait until the last minute to replace the roof before the life expectancy is reached. The roofing job could then be a much more expensive proposition. In the meantime, it's a good idea to do inspections and maintenance to protect the home against damage and avoid more costly Atlanta roofing bills down the road.

If the life expectancy of a roof is known and there is still a comfortable amount of time until a new roof is needed, it is still a good idea to periodically check the roof. With a good pair of binoculars, view the roof from any visible angles. Look for missing shingles and nails protruding from the roof. Nails found on the ground of the surrounding property is a tell tale sign that repairs are needed.

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Check the edges of the roof closely to see if it looks like it is curling back. If there is curling, moisture could be building up underneath the shingles. This will loosen nails and shingles could start breaking up from the moisture build up.

Along the roof, water often runs along beams and other places that are not easily visible. Since water does not necessarily run straight down, water could be running behind fascia boards or the facade of a home, causing damage. A roof inspection periodically will determine if these issues are occurring.

Check with the local building department to see how many layers of shingles are permitted as there are usually limits. Homeowners should try to stay one layer below whatever the limit is because any shingles added over another layer will require longer nails and still may not solve any leak problems. In addition, each layer added will have a shorter lifespan because of longer nails into the decking wood that may have needed replacement first. When it is time to have a new roof installed, it will be more costly if there are more layers to scrape off and have removed.

Regular roof inspection and maintenance may go a long way in saving money on repairs and replacements. Homeowners should take the time to perform periodic visual inspections.

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