Research indicates that the aging process for a roof begins soon after the shingles are installed and progresses rapidly during the initial curing phase of its life cycle. During this stage, granule loss may occur, small blisters may develop, or the shingles may curl slightly at their edges. You may even notice that this curling is more pronounced during cold weather and the shingles may life flat as temperatures rise. The good news, however, is that after this curing stage the shingles enter a long period of slow aging, which lasts for the major portion of the shingle’s natural life.
Expect a natural aging process
Just as the human body ages and changes appearance over the years, so too will your roof. Due to the severity of the roof environment, even a one-year-old roof may look different from a roof that was just installed. While you may have first noticed the cracks or blistering from the ladder as you were cleaning the gutters, please be mindful that these normal weathering characteristics may not be visible when you view the roof from your front lawn or driveway. And if the problem is not severe and the shingles are still providing the protection intended, then it is not a cause for alarm.
Your roof is an important investment, since it literally protects you from the elements. While there are no magical creams or ointments to prevent your roof from aging, investing a small amount of time to examine your roof can reduce your anxiety and concerns about the normal aging conditions that affect it.
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Your roofer should be able to provide literally hundreds of references.
Reputable roofers can usually complete one job a week, sometimes more. Therefore, an established roofer should be able to provide numerous references in your area, according to Ryan Saber of Saber Roofing Inc. Even if you can’t visit all of them, ask to see a list complete with names, addresses and phone numbers. You should be reassured that you’re hiring someone with a wealth of experience, because that’s often the best credential a roofer has to offer.
“Look for a company that’s been in business a long time and is planning on staying in business,” says Mr. Saber, a 30-year veteran of the industry who has given talks on roofing-related issues before condominium and homeowner associations. He recommends homeowners choose a roofer who has no registered complaints with the state licensing board. Also, make sure they carry workers’ compensation and liability insurance.
If possible, says Mr. Saber, visit the company’s shop and meet its staff. Ask to visit a site where work is in progress and meet the crew. The jobsite should be clean and relatively orderly. You should feel comfortable interacting with the work crew.
Mr. Saber advises to check for small but significant signs of professionalism, such as hard hats, caution tape and cones, and trucks sitting on plastic instead of dripping oil on a driveway.
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