An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This is especially true when it comes to maintaining your home’s roof. The roof of your home shelters your family from damaging weather such as rain, wind, snow, hail, ice, and sun. It’s important to assure that your roof remains a solid defense against the elements. This requires yearly roof inspections to ensure the roofing material is actually doing its job.
Be on the lookout for any loose or missing shingles including areas that the flashing is lifting off the roof. You’ll want to inspect anything that stands out and looks like current damage or anything that can cause potential damage in the future. A good way to do this is during gutter clean-outs since you will be eye level with the roof. If you are not comfortable completing a roof inspection on your own, you can hire a professional roofing company to conduct the inspection.
Roofs should also be checked for holes or nests to prevent any damage caused by wildlife looking for shelter in the eaves of your roof. This is why it’s important to inspect the flashing and even the attic space to make sure that everything is intact. If you should find any holes, be sure to repair them immediately. Also, any nests should be removed as well.
If your home is located in the woods or under trees in your yard, then the roof and gutters need to be cleared of all debris from the trees like branches and leaves. Leaving the debris on your roof and letting time and weather take care of its removal is not a good idea because the debris can cause a lot more damage when it is left on the roof, leading to larger problems down the road.
One of the major things to look for is any sign of leakage. Any point that water can enter is a dangerous point and should be repaired immediately. An easy way to identify leaks is to look up at your roof from the attic or crawl space. If you can see daylight through the roof then that is a prime place for water to leak in and cause significant damage to your home. If you find a leak, then you want to check for any fungus or mold that may be growing around the damaged area.
Sometimes, your roof may need inspected more than once a year. For example, a good time to add an inspection would be after an especially harsh season or any damaging weather like extensive hail or hurricane winds. Having a simple roof inspection conducted by a professional roofing contractor will ensure the proper functionality of the roof as well as pinpointing any areas of concern before they become a major problem. Keeping up with yearly roof inspections is a sure way to make your roof last longer and prevent damages to your home.
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