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How many different kinds of roofs can you spot on the houses on your street? A few decades ago, you may have only seen shingle roofs, perhaps with the occasional slate roof mixed in. But these days, there are more kinds of roofing on the market. Metal roofs are becoming common because they can be made from recycled materials. Tile is a popular choice because it lasts a lot longer than other roofing materials. And then there are some roofers who install rubber roofs because they're smooth and easy to install. Learn more about roofs of all types on this blog.



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If you have a new rubber roof on your home, you should inspect it about once a year. If your rubber roof is getting older, it's a good idea to conduct an inspection several times a year. Inspecting your older roof will help you catch minor issues before they turn into major problems. One of the benefits of frequent inspections is that your roofing company can identify potential leaks. If you're not sure you need frequent roof inspections, read the list below. Here are three issues your roofing service can find when they inspect your rubber roof. 


If you had a lot of rain and snow this past winter, you need to worry about leaks. If you haven't seen any puddles inside your home, you might think your roof is safe. That's not necessarily the case. Leaks can spread across your roofing structure before puddles appear inside your home. By the time you see puddles, the damage would already be done. That's why you need a roof inspection. The roofing service will walk around your roof to feel for depressions. Depressions happen when water soaks under the rubber membrane. When that happens, the wood subfloor develops weak spots. Weak spots are a sign that your rubber roof needs repairs. 


If you're worried that your rubber roof might be leaking, it's time for an inspection. You might not know it, but your rubber roof can get loose when there's a leak. When water gets under the rubber roofing material, the membrane can lift off the subfloor. When that happens, the roofing material will get loose. If you can lift the rubber material with your fingers, there's a leak in your rubber roof. It's time for repairs. 


If you want to check for leaks in your rubber roof, look for the bubbles. Swelling can look like small bubbles or big bulges in the rubber. Swelling happens when water gets between the rubber membrane and the subfloor. The size of the bubbles and bulges depends on how much water has leaked under the membrane. If bulges and bubbles are found in your rubber roof, you should schedule repairs as soon as possible. Without repairs, water could leak into your building. 

Don't take chances with your rubber roof. If you find any of the issues described here during your roof inspection, don't wait for repairs. Contact a residential roofing service near you to learn more.