One way that you can help to ensure that your roof has a long life is to make sure that you are keeping up on any roof repairs that are needed as the roof ages. Each year, your roof endures rain, and high winds, is battered by hail and is left to sit under snow for days at a time. All of these conditions can cause damage to your roof, but if you are conscientious about inspecting your home for damage twice a year, then you can find and repair any issues before they become big expensive problems.
If you have had a residential roofer come and put a brand new roof on your home in the last few years, then chances are good that they left some of their extra roof shingles at your home when the installation was completed. No, they were not being lazy or careless, they did that on purpose. As trends in roofing change, often older types of shingles can be harder to find and more expensive to procure. Your roofers may have just saved you a little money and a lot of time in tracking down matching roof shingles by leaving extras at your home, so whatever you do, do not throw those away!
When you are completing your survey of your roof, you want to examine the roof inside and out. That means that you want to try to get into your attic so that you can look for any problem areas. Take a flashlight with you, and look around for any dark spots or discoloration that could indicate a possible water leak. Water damage can start slowly and be sneaky, but it can cause some very big problems in your home if you do not catch it and stop it at the roof. When you are in the attic, you should also look for outside light. There shouldn’t be any light entering into the attic from the outside, so if you suspect this is happening, I would suggest you have your residential roof repair contractor come out to take a look at it.
Once you are done with the inside, it is time to move out to the roof. On the roof, look for shingles that are torn or damaged, and also for areas where shingles are missing completely. If a shingle is in place but the edges of it have started to curl upwards, then this is also a shingle that should be replaced. You should also check your gutters for signs of shingle granules. If you see dark grit or sand in there, then that is a sign that your shingles are getting worn down and are going to need to be replaced soon.
Any areas where there are missing shingles or torn shingles you can repair yourself. Use a hammer to pry up whatever is left of the existing shingle and lay down a new one in its place. Hammer it in using four nails, one in each corner. Do not nail down a new shingle over an old one.