Why Get a Home Inspection

The day has finally come! After many hours of browsing websites like realtor.com and looking at several houses, you’ve found the perfect place to raise your family. The price is right, the sellers are ready to move, and you’ve already started planning on where you’re going to put that 52 inch television. After years of saving, you have your down-payment ready. The sellers have agreed to pay closing costs. Then your real estate agent says those words, “You should get a home inspection.”

Why should you get a home inspection? The roof is brand new, the sellers seem like honest people, and everything looked great when your agent showed you the house. Do you really need a home inspection?

The answer is: Yes. Even if you have extensive knowledge of building code, or everything in the house is new and up-to-date, a good home inspector will find something. Home inspectors are trained to look for specific home deficiencies that most people overlook. They’re trained to look at your foundation, property drainage, roof, electrical, plumbing, attic, and more.

Even if you know what’s wrong with your home, a home inspector is another set of eyes. He or she is a neutral third party who will write an official report. This report will identify potential safety concerns, as well as cosmetic and structural issues. These issues will either make or break the real estate transaction, and unfortunately home inspectors are used to delivering bad news.

What if the home inspector finds something in what you thought was a perfect home? Does that mean that you shouldn’t buy the home? It depends. Is the seller willing to fix the problems or lower the asking price? Is the problem with the house going to costs thousands of dollars to fix?

The decision to buy a house with serious problems is up to the home buyer. Finding out that there is something expensive to fix in your new dream home is a disappointment, but it keeps you from making a huge financial mistake.

Will the home inspector find every defect? The answer is: most likely, but things can go wrong at the drop of a hat. If everything functions when the home inspector comes to inspect your home, things still happen. How do you protect yourself from these unexpected disasters? Buy a home warranty.

A home warranty will cover major expenses like your HVAC, plumbing, electrical, etc. Most home warranties are for the first year you own your home, but you can purchase longer ones.

What qualities should a good home inspector have? A good home inspector will have had official training, belong to a professional organization like InterNACHI, NAHI, or ASHI, be friendly and courteous, provide a detailed inspection report with pictures and descriptions, and be NEUTRAL in the home inspection process. Neutral means he works for you, not the real estate agent.

What if you are selling a home? Do you need a home inspection? Yes. A pre-listing inspection will identify potential problems with the home. If you are selling, the last thing you want is unexpected and repairs that aren’t in your budget. You don’t want that potential buyer to walk away because you can’t afford to fix that sagging basement wall.

Whether you’re buying or selling a home, get a home inspection. It will save you from unexpected and expensive surprises that can destroy your excitement about that dream home you’ve always wanted.

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The Ultimate Test

It was not a welcome sight when the black clouds blew in producing a tropical storm packed with strong winds and heavy rain. Rich had made plans with his father and brother to put new shingles on his leaky roof. They had allotted five days to accomplish the task before Alex and his dad had to leave Florida for Kansas where they lived. From the moment they arrived it rained and poured every day. Finally believing they had enough sun they began the task of ripping off one side of the roof in preparation to shingle. By the time the last rotted pieces were cast to the ground a powerful rain cloud appeared leading to a torrential down pour of rain. Rich and Alex immediately put plastic on the open roof but the rain was so strong that it tore through the plastic and flooded the house. By evening plaster from the ceiling in the garage was falling down. Rain was staining the ceiling inside the house. Rich believed that with his father and Alex’s help he could save money, but now he had to call in professional roofers to fix the roof fast. Everything he expected to accomplish backfired and he had to pay the full price for his roof.

Rich was a good Christian man. He believed he was following Christ by becoming a minister in a Southern Baptist church. He felt he was living the life God meant for him to lead. His wife and children attended the same church. God was important to him and his family. Being a minister does not pay a lot of money and doing the roof with his brother and dad’s help seemed like the best solution to saving money. Then why did it rain? Was this the ultimate test from God? Now he was out the money for the roof and he had to pay for the damage inside his house too. Doesn’t God care about his children and take care of their needs?

I am the mother of Rich and I love him very much. As a family we attended church on a regular basis. Following God and instilling Christian faith in my children was very important to me. I married a man who shared my faith but after twelve years of marriage I discovered I was gay. I fell in love with another woman and after accepting my sexuality I filed for divorce. Instead of my husband giving me a fair custody arrangement with our children, he chose to condemn me publicly for being a homosexual. I wrote about how my friends, family and church persecuted me in my books. I am now a Christian author. I write for God and present facts that support homosexuality as a normal lifestyle created by God. I also write books so people will understand that we are in a teaching world that requires us to learn from the tribulations that we go through.

Rich was eleven years old when his father and I were divorced. He was the oldest child and put in the middle of the controversy over whether homosexuality was right or wrong. He was told by his father during his childhood that I was a terrible sinner for being gay. He is very close to his dad and the prejudice his father preached to him as a child is the principle that Rich lives by today. Rich is now 35 years old and he has chosen to not listen to me about why I am gay. As a result we are not close.

Two weeks before they began to do the roof, his wife publicly declared that homosexuality is a sin on facebook. She even went as far as stating that people who are homosexuals are demon possessed. Rich and several other people liked her comment.

My son Alex told me about the comment immediately. I was disappointed in my son and his wife. I was also afraid for them because I was called by God to be a Christian author. I know my bible well and I know that when you follow Jesus Christ as your Savior you will be held to higher standers than people who do not believe in God.

Ephesians 6: 2&3, “‘Respect your father and mother’ is the first commandment that has a promise added; ‘so that all may go well with you, and you may live a long time in the land.'”

Many Christians feel they can use the bible to condemn others for homosexuality. They believe the ‘Laws of Moses’ give them the right to be prejudice. Unfortunately if you live by these laws, you cannot pick and choose which ones you will follow. You must follow all of them. When Rich and his wife publicly declared my lifestyle evil, they condemn themselves and disrespected me. This is the reason why it rained and poured and they ended up paying more for their roof. God uses the things of the world to discipline His children and to get them to see the error of their ways.

12 Simple Ways to Help Your Children Cope With Divorce

Divorce is a difficult thing for parents, but it can be even harder on children. They will no doubt wish their parents would stay together and may even blame themselves for the breakup. Attorneys are not therapists, nor do most of us have any formal family counseling training, but as we help our clients through their divorce process, the line between attorney and therapist can sometimes blur.

Within my practice, parents’ biggest concerns generally center around how their divorce will affect their children, and in my opinion, it should be the biggest concern. Many parents struggle with how much to tell their children, and when. The information you share with your children depends largely on their age. For example, you would probably want to be honest with your college-aged child about an affair either parent engaged in, but would not yet discuss that with your third-grader.

No matter what their ages, there are several important things every parent needs to do to help their children understand what’s going on and help them cope with their divorce.

12 Ways to Make Divorce Easier on Your Children

Assure your children the divorce is not their fault.
Try to remain consistent. Keep the same routine you did prior to the divorce.
Allow your children to ask questions about the divorce, and be as honest as you can depending on their age. If possible, talk to your children with your spouse present.
Do not use your children as listening posts. They are your children, not your confidants.
Allow your child to be angry and give them some space. Remember, your child did not make this decision, he/she just has to live with it.
Do not discuss money issues or any other problems due to the divorce with your child, then need to feel secure throughout the process.
Advise the child’s school/teacher of the divorce so he/she can watch for any alarming signs or behaviors that need to be addressed.
Do not introduce your child to boyfriends/girlfriends until you are sure this person will be in your life for an extended period of time.
Attend your child’s extracurricular/school functions even though it may not be on your parenting time. Show your child you are still an active part of their life even though you are not living under the same roof.
Do not shower your child with gifts trying to buy his/her love. They will love you for spending time with them.
Agree on a plan with your spouse as to how you will continue to parent the children. For example, agree on bedtime, computer time, discipline routine, etc.
Most importantly, DO NOT criticize your spouse in front of your children.

Just like you, your children will have to go through their own healing process, and if you communicate effectively, you can minimize the negative impact your divorce will have on them. Most importantly, children need to feel loved and secure. If both parents can agree that is the main goal, the likelihood your children will come out on the other side healthy and happy increases significantly.

Green Concept Cars You Might Be Driving in the Next Five Years

With the price of gas steadily climbing around the country, more and more drivers are looking forward to the next wave of cars that will look great, serve their needs, and save them money at the pump (or take them away from the pump). At auto shows around the country this past year, more and more auto makers were showing concept cars that were green, ones that used little to no gas. Here are a few of those cars that you may be driving in the next five years.

Mazda Nagare

Offering a sleek style and futuristic look, the Mazda Nagare features gull-wing doors that open up to reveal space inside for four passengers, with the driver sitting front and center, and three passengers sitting in the rear lounge style seat. While Mazda hasn’t confirmed exactly what type of drive-train will be used on the Nagare, they have said that it could use a hydrogen-powered rotary engine. No time table or production numbers have yet been given for the Nagare, as Mazda is currently using it mostly as a design experiment.

Daihatsu UFE-III

A third generation concept from the Tokyo auto show, the UFE-III features three seats (a 1 + 2 configuration), and an aerodynamic body that is part of the root of its fuel economy. Powered by a diminutive 660cc Atkinson 3 cylinder engine and two electric motors, the UFE-III has a fuel economy of 203 miles per gallon. It’s unclear if this car will ever be seen in the United States, but the design and fuel economy are exactly that US drivers are currently looking for.

GM Saab Aero X

Taking a cue from their aviation roots, Saab has created a concept car without traditional doors, instead opting for a canopy opening similar to what one would find on a fighter jet. This two seater is made from lighter materials to help with fuel economy, and uses ethanol instead of standard gasoline to fuel its 400-hp twin turbo V6 engine. No word on when or if this car will ever see production, but more than one car enthusiast is already drooling over the possibility.

Volvo 3CC

Featuring an electric powertrain that can quietly propel the car to a top speed of 85mph, the Volvo 3CC is what many drivers are starting to look forward to – a car that doesn’t rely on gasoline. Initially designed with 3 seats (2 in the front, one in the back), the current design is offering a more traditional four seat layout, while maintaining the futuristic look of many concept cars, including upswing doors for easy entrance. Included in this concept car, are added safety features such as steering wheel, instrument panel, and foot pedals that all shift forward during a collision to reduce impact.

Ford Airstream

Taking a page from the classic airstream trailers, the Ford Airstream pays homage with its classic colors and body design, all the while offering a family car for the next century. Powered by an electric fuel cell that gets the equivalent of 41 miles per gallon, the Ford Airstream can travel 25 miles before the fuel cells kick in to recharge the lithium ion batteries that give power to operate the car. With a screen for entertaining and setting the mood inside the car, this is a family vehicle that looks great and is great for the environment. Ford hasn’t said whether you’ll be able to find this at your local dealership yet (be that a Kansas Ford dealership or someplace in California), but with the demand for family vehicles that are environmentally friendly, be on the lookout for it in the near future.

Toyota FT-HS

A sports car for the next century, the Toyota FT-HS features seating for between two and four passengers (depending on whether or not the roof is retracted), and 400-hp or engine output from its Hybrid Synergy Drive. With a dedicated drivers cockpit that has all of the instruments and readings necessary centered on the driver, this sports car features sleek lines to help reduce drag and increase fuel efficiency. Toyota hasn’t said when or if the FT-HS will see production, but do keep an eye out for some of its features to start appearing in Scions.

Honda FCX

One of the closer vehicles to seeing production, the Honda FCX features a fuel cell system, but that’s only the start of what makes this concept so impressive. Speed sensitive adjusting instrument panels move according to speed to be more effective, biometric systems adjust the mirrors, wheel, and pedals to your settings as you approach the vehicle, and line of sight operated switches allow you to control things like audio and air conditioning without removing your hands from the wheel. All of this, coupled with a spacious interior made from new-age light-weight materials and you have a vehicle that provides 21st century technology and green efficiency into a vehicle that suits the needs of most drivers.

Intimidated by Home Improvement Projects? Make Them Easy With Help From a Remodeling Contractor

When your home looks unkempt on the outside, it brings the value down and can even affect the energy efficiency of the house. That is why siding and roof repair are important issues to keep in check. Many construction companies can do jobs ranging from vent cleaning to remodeling and can make your home more valuable and less costly to maintain.

Hiring a construction contractor may sound intimidating, but in reality it will probably make your life hassle-free. Replacing your roof or siding is quite a big job, but it will make your home warmer, safer, and dryer and can even reduce your energy costs. By purchasing replacement windows or hiring a remodeling contractor, you will increase the value of your home without having to take on any time-consuming projects yourself.

Although replacing your siding may seem like a huge undertaking, it is actually one of the fastest ways to improve the look of your home. With this one project, you can change the entire appearance of your house. In addition, a siding contractor can help you safeguard your home by improving its R-factor for better insulation, keeping out the elements, and blocking insects or vermin from entering.

With a small, multipurpose remodeling contractor, things like fire restoration become less stressful and take less time. Area professionals can get the job done quickly and can even make your home look better than it did before. This makes the tragedy and hardship of a fire easier to deal with.

However, even if you are looking to do something cosmetic such as bathroom and kitchen remodeling, your local home improvement contractor is still the best option for the job. Even if you are happy with your home but want something along the lines of replacement windows for aesthetic reasons, you can get the job done quickly and economically.

It can be somewhat alarming to look at a project as large as a roof replacement or outdoor kitchen construction, but a contractor can make the job seem easy and take the stress off of you. For help with your next remodeling or home improvement project, large or small, contact your local pros today.

The Top Five Reasons To Choose A Steel Building For Your Farm

It used to be the iconic representation of the American Farmer: The red wooden barn. But now, as many have found out, they are not only a chore to maintain constantly but also expensive and time consuming to construct. The most valuable asset a farmer has is TIME, after all, and when things encroach on a farmer’s time they make maintaining that delicate balance of work and equipment/building repair nearly impossible to do efficiently. We have compiled a list of the Top Five reasons to get rid of those old wooden structures and replace them with durable, affordable, environmentally friendly STEEL buildings.

5. Treated or not: Wood rots and crumbles.

This may come as a shocker to many of you, but treated lumber is not all it’s cracked up to be. Despite what you may think, treated lumber is not a permanent construction solution. In fact it is often referred to as a ‘prolonged lumber solution’ in some industry articles. Prolonged and Lifetime Guarantee seem to be two different things to me…. Steel buildings can last an awful long time under both pouring rain, blazing hot sunshine, and as far as we can tell – there isn’t a termite in the world that prefers the taste of steel!

4. There’s no need to shingle a steel roof.

Re-shingling a barn may be one of the longest and biggest wastes of your valuable, dry, summer time that can be imagined. Re-shingling a barn means hitting it and getting it done during peak summer growing time, unless you have the thousands necessary to pay someone else to do it. But really, why spend the money on shingles and a staff of college kids to work for your, when you can save it right from the beginning by going with a steel building?

A Noble And Grand Idea

What a noble and grand idea, the thought of the Chiefs hosting a Super Bowl in a new state-of-the-art stadium with a retractable roof. A Super Bowl in Kansas City might seem like a pipe dream but if Detroit can play host in 2006 then why not Kansas City in 2012 or beyond?

The economic windfall alone should inspire the Greater Kansas City area to soften their stance on stadium renovations. I know a little bit about Kansas City but I know a lot more about Detroit. The amount of infrastructure work being done in and around metro Detroit alone is worth bringing a Super Bowl to any large city. Freeways from the airport are being rebuilt. These roads would be allowed to decay even further if not for the impending Super Bowl at Ford Field. This is just one example of improvements that last long after a Super Bowl has come and gone. So economically it’s a no-brainer right? The only way the Chiefs will get a new stadium built is with some form of public funding. So far this has been a hot-button issue for local voters who last fall rejected a much more modest attempt at such legislation. It seems even more unlikely that local voters would approve taxes for a new stadium given their love of Arrowhead.

What could possibly sway the voters’ opinion? What one single event could turn the whole tide and make voters run to the booths in glee to approve a new stadium proposal? Of course the answer is simple. Win the Super Bowl. That’s right it’s that simple. It’s time for the Chiefs organization as a whole to push all their chips into middle and go for the Super Bowl. The window is open for this to happen but it won’t stay open forever.

I know what the skeptics are thinking. Every year the Chiefs delegation goes to the league meetings and comes up with some ideas out of left field. This idea of Kansas City hosting a Super Bowl isn’t one of them. It can happen but not before the public approves funding for a new stadium and the only way that will happen is with a Super Bowl title. If the Chiefs do their part and win the Super Bowl then I have confidence that the voters will do theirs’ and approve funding for a new stadium. I can’t see one happening without the other. I think the fans passion for Arrowhead and dislike of pork barrel public funding proposals will prevent approval without a Super Bowl title to sway the public.

So as Lamar Hunt lobbies the league for a Super Bowl in Kansas City the ball is essentially in his court. Will Carl Peterson and the front office be allowed to go all out in their off-season pursuit of talent? Peterson and his staff have begun the process with the Bell and Knight signings but what else will they be able to do? Whomever else the Chiefs sign, trade or draft will go a long way in answering the question can the Chiefs win the Super Bowl? Which in turn will answer the bigger question will Kansas City ever host a Super Bowl?

15 Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring A Roofer

Fox 4 Problem Solvers did a story on a Kansas City area senior resident who gave a roofing contractor over $4000 to replace his roof. Soon afterward, the company shut its doors, and all the resident had to show for it was the leaky roof. Local roofing company Premier Roofing saw the story and decided to help out by doing the resident’s roof free of charge.

In an effort to identify the most reputable and qualified roofing contractors, some people like to use a list of questions to ask each company they interview. Here are the 15 questions you should ask before any work is done on your home. Here is that list…

How long have you been in business?

Have you always operated under the same license & company name?

Where is your office located and how long have you been at that location?

How many trucks, crews and installers do you have?

How many staff do you have dedicated to job site supervision? Do they have any responsibilities other than job site supervision?

Do you have a staff person dedicated to Quality Control?

Do you have a Customer Service Department? Who do I call if I have a problem?

Are you a member of the Better Business Bureau?

Do you have a written list of references?

How many jobs have you done since your company began, and in the last 3-years?

Will you complete a thorough inspection and analysis of my home improvement needs and provide recommendations regarding issues like products to be used, any potential areas of concerns, and a proposed schedule of completion?

Do you have a Lien Waiver Letter?

Do you have General Liability, Workers Compensation, and Post-Construction Insurance of at least $1,000,000? Will your insurance company issue me a certificate of insurance?

Do you have a written list of standards that govern the performance and behavior of the crew on each job?

Do you have a list of standards the crew will follow to clean up my yard both during and at the end of the project?

Additionally, always be wary if they ask for lump sum payments up front, companies that solicit door-to-door, and roofing companies that are chasing storms or that have not been in business for very long.

If you have answered most of the questions above to your satisfaction, then there is a good chance that you will be happy with the outcome of your roofing job, and you won’t be left with thousands out-of-pocket and a roof that continues to leak.

Bicycling – Does the Kansas Prairie Spirit Rail To Trail Hold Up to Its Name

Trail Description.

Stretching southward from the north-end of Ottawa to downtown Humboldt, KS (which includes a recent county-controlled eight-mile addition), this now 60-mile hard-packed limestone trail is fun and easy to ride. It offers attention-getting scenic views, both close-in and far-out. Its corridor is packed with hedge rows of trees, wild plants and flowers, tall grass, and numerous sumac and cedar evergreens. In 2008, the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks (KDWP) opened its last section. In August 2010, it became an official state park with its own ranger.

Several sections of the Prairie Spirit Trail (PST) are heavily treed with partial and full canopies, while others open up to prairie and farm views, i.e., cattle grazing next to fields of hay, corn, sorghum, milo, soybeans, sunflowers, and tall grasses (big bluestem, Indian, switch, and buffalo). It is spotted with creeks, streams, bridges, ponds, marshes, small lakes, and rest benches. Its surface is well-crowned with a few steep embankments to be mindful of while riding it.

In places where its corridor borders wooded or undeveloped grazing land, much wildlife can be seen early or late in the day, e.g., bobcat, turkey, coyote, opossum, woodchuck, racoon, and white-tail deer in addition to the plentiful rabbits, squirrels, green snakes, racers, turtles, and tiny lizards. Blue jays, doves, flickers, woodpeckers, hawks, herons, quail, ducks, geese, birds, and butterflies can also be seen. In the summer and fall, berries, persimmons, hedge apples, and walnuts are plentiful.

Towns and basic rules.

In the larger towns of Ottawa, Garnett, and Iola, where most lodging and cafes are found, the trail is paved, and lit at night. Many local bicyclists and walkers use these town sections during the day and night, free. Yet the rest of the trail is open only during daylight hours. The newer eight-mile section from Iola to Humbold, called the Southwind Trail (SWT), is free to all users.

Camping, horses, and motorized vehicles except for wheelchairs and patrol vehicles are not allowed on the corridor itself. But camping or lodging can be found in the three larger towns. Firearms, fireworks, hunting, and alcohol are not allowed in the corridor. At the road crossings, the timber gates are posted with the road names and trail information.

Trailheads.

Its eight real trailheads, 10 counting the depot museum in Ottawa and the town-square of Humboldt, have roof-covered picnic tables on concrete slabs, some of them in small public parks. Seven have outside water fountains. Eight have $3.50/day pay stations for riding the PST beyond the three paved city limits (Ottawa, Garnett, Iola). Six have well-constructed restrooms which are open from mid-April to mid-October.

The one at Garnett is a refurbished Santa Fe Depot museum with both indoor/outdoor picnic tables, plus an information center. It is open all year, but it is often locked at night. This trailhead is a popular SAG or lunch stop for organized charity and distance rides. The average distance between all of the trailheads or town services is about 7.5-miles.

Trailhead details (from north to south).

Ottawa. Old Depot Museum with inside restroom when open and outside water fountain; located at the north end of the business district, one block north of 1st-Street. Ottawa’s second trailhead is 2.25-miles further south w/water fountain, pay station, and picnic area just south of 17th Street near the fairgrounds. No restroom. Eating places located on the business Main Street one-block east of trail.
Princeton. Full trailhead w/restroom, outside water fountain, and picnic area. Gasoline station w/convenience store and bar-grill on Hwy-59 three-blocks east of trail.
Richmond. Full trailhead.
Garnett. Full trailhead at restored depot. Eating places on the south-side of the town-square adjacent to the trail and 4-blocks further west on Route-59.
Welda. Full trailhead, partly hidden by tree row on west side.
Colony. Full trailhead. Midtown country cafe and convenience store one-block east of trail.
Carlyle. Limited trailhead w/restroom and picnic table; no water fountain.
Iola. Public park on the westside of State Street w/water fountain near the pay station; no restroom. Two cafes across the street east from the park; other outlets nearby. In 2012, this part of the trail was extended 1-1/2-miles further south to Riverside Park, which is close to the cafes on Madison Avenue (aka Route 54).
Humboldt. The entire combined trail now ends here at Hawaii Road at the north end of Humboldt (this section opened in June 2013, and is free to the public). No full trailhead yet, only signage and parking. Services located at or near the town-square one-mile further southwest.

Because the distances between several well-spaced towns and their trailheads are fairly short, the combined Prairie Spirit and Southwind trails are ideal for day hikes, nature walks, or bike rides of any length up to 120-miles round trip. Frequent full-trail users can get annual passes from retailers where the fishing/hunting licenses are sold, $12.50 each, or online at the KS Department of Wildlife and Parks.

The residents of eastern Kansas and western Missouri are lucky to have a safe well-kept trail where the nature and prairie views are seasonally pleasant and refreshing. This trail corridor has the largest variety of seasonal natural wildflowers in the region. Yes, it does hold up to its name. For more information on rail-to-trail and Kansas trails, see these websites.

Know the Warning Signs of a Leaking Roof

We often take the roof of our home for granted because most of the time it does its job very well. However, roofs can be damaged or wear out just like any other part of your house’s structure. This wear and tear can lead, eventually, to leaks, water damage, and even mold and mildew growth. None of these are good for your building or your family, which is why it’s so important to know what the symptoms of a leaking roof are. By catching roof-related issues early on, you can get them addressed quickly by a roof contractor, thus minimizing the damage to your home. Knowledge truly is power when it comes to your roof. When you know what to look for regarding roof leaks, you can better ensure the health and longevity of your property.

Some signs of a leaking roof are very apparent. If, for example, water drips through your ceiling at a certain place every time it rains, you clearly have a roof leak. Instead of just putting out pots and pans to catch the water, you need to contact a roofing contractor right away to get that leak taken care of. Once one point of the roof is compromised like that, the damage will eventually spread to the surrounding areas. What was once a small leak will become bigger and bigger, causing more and more damage to your home. In addition to actually seeing water come in through your ceiling, other visible signs of roof damage include curling, buckled, or missing shingles. The shingles are the outer layer of the roof, similar to an outer later of skin. If that exterior layer is compromised, and water is allowed to get in between or under the shingles, it will eventually lead to structural damage that will affect your whole roof. If your shingles look “off” in some way, get a professional out to assess the situation and to check for further damage that may not be immediately visible.

Seeing water coming in to your home and noticing visible damage to your shingles are two easy-to-spot symptoms of roof issues. However, there are other signs that are not as clear but are no less important. If you have an attic or storage space at the top of your house, you should examine it periodically to make sure that everything is as it should be. If you notice spots or sections of the wood that are darker than normal, that’s a sign that water is getting in somewhere. Roofers can examine the structure both inside and out to determine where the problem is and work with you to remedy it. In addition to that type of visible interior damage, you also need to keep tabs on any mold growth in your home. Mold can be very difficult to detect, as it’s often not visible. If you do find it growing somewhere, though (especially on ceilings or the upper levels of your home), or if anyone in your family starts experiencing unusual allergic responses or breathing difficulties, you should get a professional to check for roof leaks. The excess moisture from a leak is what allows mold colonies to flourish, so getting rid of the leak is an essential part of getting rid of the mold.