Columbia is a planned community comprising 10 self-contained villages, located in Howard County, Maryland. It began with the idea that a city could enhance its residents' quality of life. Creator and developer James W. Rouse saw the new community in terms of human values, rather than merely economics and engineering. Opened in 1967, Columbia was intended to not only eliminate the inconveniences of then-current subdivision design, but also eliminate racial, religious, and class segregation.
Columbia has consistently ranked in the top ten of CNN Money's Best Places to Live in America.
Sometimes a roof in Columbia Maryland can naturally reach the end of its useful life without experiencing a roof failure. Many homes in Columbia were built close to 35+ years ago. Columbia has homes with wonderful neighborhoods like Wilde Lake, Oakland Mills, Owen Brown, Kings Meade and Long Reach.
If your roof looks old and worn, and you are doing preventive maintenance on your home you may want to consider having ReNew Home Designs inspect your roof to identify possible problem areas and discuss roof replacement options.
If replacing an old roof is delayed, however, it could result in bigger roof problems down the road. So watch for the warning signs to be sure to give yourself plenty of time to have Renew Home Designs give you a free estimate on replacing your roof.
|Missing Granules||Moss||Algae/Dark Stains|
|Cracked Shingles||Aging Roof||Curled Edges|
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.