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homeownerva

03:24PM | 10/25/04
Member Since: 09/27/04
11 lifetime posts
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We bought our first house back in April. The house was built in 1989. We have two large white oak trees on the front and back corners of the house. Per our inspector, these trees have worn on the roof (two story house w/ roofed porch) and he recommended that we get them topped. The room also has those black streak stains on the roof over the bonus room that is located over the garage. Three questions:

1) What is the black streaking and how damaging is it to the house?

2) Assuming the roof is 15 year shingles - how soon should we get it replaced?

3) Would you all recommend that we get the trees topped. I think we need to but hate to because they are so beautiful (about 40 feet high).

Thanks!

Grumpy

03:43PM | 11/05/04
Member Since: 06/14/04
26 lifetime posts
Wow! First off I am impressed your inspector actually seems to know what he is talking about. That is not common. Save his card.

Ok those black steaks are usually algae stains and they can be damaging. I was on a roof revcently where the algage had loosened all the granuals and the granuals washed away. That's bad. I will be replacing his roof in two weeks.

Well you said the roof is a 15 year shingle, and I don't know of any manufacturer that makes a 15 year shingle... but anything is possible. Check out this site: http://www.gaf.com/Content/GAF/RES1/ROOF/RS_keydanger.html It will tell you the key danger signals. The average life of a roof in my area if 17 years.

Topped? I am not familiar with this term. I would suggest they not be in physical contact with your roof. Also trees will drop sap onto your roof which promotes vegitation growth on the shingles. If you have to trim the trees, just trim the branches that overhang your roof.

-Grumpy

www.ReliableAmerican.us www.RoofersCentral.com

BV003797

02:40PM | 04/04/14
Congratulations on your new home! If you have tree limbs touching the roof they need to be trimmed back. The lowest shingle warranty out there is a 20 yr on three tab roofing systems so unless you have rolled roofing then that is most likely the material on your roof. I have done several historic homes and usually when I get to the roof someone along the way has done something to the existing structure of roof deck causing major issues. I would definitely look to replace your roof if it's in your budget your roof protects all of your belonging! Most people don't pay attention to their roof until they see shingles in the yard or water stains on their ceiling. Since your roof is exposed to the harshest elements of rain, wind, and uv it should be inspected and repaired if necessary on a yearly basis. Don't take for a second think that if it's not broke don't fix it. You will end up with double expenses. Interior and exterior repairs. Find a local company that has been in business for at least five years make sure the are properly insured, and licensed if required in your state or county. Have them do a roof assessment. You may pay $200 to $300 for them to do so but this is not an estimate it's like a diagnostics fee. You are requesting a trained professional to evaluate your roof and their time is valuable as well.
Best of Luck!
Richard Jeziorski
Liberty Roofing & Siding Inc
http://www.schaumburgroofingcompany.com/
http://roofingillinois.com/
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