Homes come in all shapes and sizes. Some have an attached garage, others have a detached garage at the end of the driveway. Many times a detached garage has been added to the property many years after the main structure was built. When this is the case, homeowners will want to keep in mind that the roof of their home and the roof on their garage will age at different rates.

When it comes to assessing the condition of your home’s roof, sometimes a detached garage can be overlooked. Make sure to keep an eye out for any signs of deterioration such as curling shingles, damaged flashing, or rotted wood along the eaves. Often times detached garages, especially older structures, are not ventilated as well as the adjacent home. Additionally, insulation along the roof line might not even be present which has the potential to cause problems with the exterior roof. Without proper ventilation and insulation in the garage roof, moisture damage and deterioration of the shingles is likely to occur.

If it looks like your garage needs a new roof, it’s a good idea to get a professional opinion on the scope of work. Even the most ambitious DIY homeowner could get overwhelmed quickly. Garage roofs, in particular, can have multiple layers of roofing material which makes demolition a challenge. That’s a lot of heavy material rip off and haul away. The good news: there’s a lot less surface area on a garage roof so it’s much less expensive to hire your local roofing company for the job.