Sometimes a roof can naturally reach the end of its useful life without experiencing a roof failure. It just looks old and worn, and you are doing preventive maintenance on your home. If replacing an old roof is delayed, however, it could result in bigger problems down the road. So watch for the warning signs to be sure to give yourself plenty of time to add the project to your TO DO list. For help with your reroof project, click here to find an Owens Corning™ Roofing Preferred Contractor in your area.
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Potential signs that your roof may need to be replaced:
- Shingle edges are curled or shingle tabs are cupped
- Bald spots where granules are missing
- Cracked shingles
- Your roof is at least 20 years old; while many shingles today are produced for durability, many factors can accelerate the aging of shingles. For example, if your roof is not properly ventilated, it can negatively impact your shingles
- Neighbors are getting new roofs. Homes built around the same time period can experiencing the same types of weather conditions can mean that your roof is nearing its useful life
- The roof just looks old and worn
- Dark streaks. Airborne algae cause dark streaks on roof decks. While this may not necessarily harm the roof shingles, it may not look good. Algae streaks can be removed using a 50:50 blend of water and bleach sprayed on your roof. It is important to use a low volume garden hose so you do not knock the protective granules off your shingles. It is also important that you protect your landscaping from the bleach run-off.
- Moss. Moss can grow on roof surfaces that don’t get much sunlight especially in cool, moist climates. Moss growth can be more than a cosmetic issue. Moss holds moisture against the roof surface and overtime in freezing climates can cause damage to the granules on the top of the shingles. Moss can be brushed off but it won’t prevent it from growing again; take care not to damage the shingle surface. You may need to contact a professional roofing contractor.
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Choosing and crafting a pumpkin
BY MARY BARBERIO
HALLOWEEN IS approaching, and so is the fun-loving tradition of carving pumpkins. Whether you prefer your jack-o’- lanterns scary, silly, grotesque or fun, you could probably use some tips for taking your carving up a notch.
Choose. Avoid pumpkins with soft spots or cuts, which lead to early decay. Large and jumbo pumpkins give you plenty of surface area to get creative.
How does a professional pumpkin carver choose? Jon Neill (jonneill.com), known as the “Pumpkin Guru,” was a member of the champion team on Food Network’s Halloween Wars, season four. He looks for pumpkins with long, green stems and those that are heavy for their size, as they provide a thicker surface for his style of carving. Since he’s a fan of sci-fi TV shows and films, he searches for pumpkins that might best fit sci-fi characters. He fills sketchbooks with drawings for possible designs and often draws his creations freehand.
Raise the roof with a little humor to brighten your day from Guardian Roofing.