Ensuring that your roof is properly maintained and stays in good condition is one of the most important things you can do to protect your home. A damaged roof that goes undetected for an extended period of time can cause significant damage to the structure of you home.
The best way to ensure that your roof is in good condition is to regularly inspect your roof for damage. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends that homeowners have their roof inspected at least once every three years. Below are some signs to look for that may indicate a problem with your roof.
The first thing you want to do is perform an inspection of the interior of your homes, particularly the attic space. Depending on the type of attic you have, you may need to take a flashlight with you. You want to check the ceiling in the attic for any sagging places.
You also want to look for any signs of water damage to the ceiling, any brown water spots, or any mold forming on the ceiling. You also want to look for any cracks in the ceiling or wall, and especially look for any signs of light from the outside shining through into your attic.
Rather than every three years, homeowners should do an interior inspection once in the fall and once in the spring every year. If you notice any of these signs in your attic space, you should call a professional roofing contractor to perform a professional inspection of your roof.
The next step is to take a look at the actual roof of your home. There are several signs that may indicate that repair to your roof may be necessary. Any cracked, torn, buckling, balding or missing tiles will need to be repaired or replace to prevent further damage to your roof. The areas around the chimney, or pipes on the roof should be thoroughly checked.
It is important to make sure that all the flashings are secure and not showing any signs of leakage. Any cracked, damaged or missing flashings must be repaired or replaced. If there are any signs of roof rot, it may indicate that you need to have a new roof installed. This depends on the extent of the roof rot and what part of the roof is affected.
Clear the Gutters
In addition to your roof, you should also have the gutters and downspouts around your home inspected and cleared. This should be done at least two times a year. The clearer you can keep your spouts from debris, the more efficiently water will drain off your roof. This can help prevent damage to your roof.
You also want to check your gutters for any sign of debris from your roof tiles or shingles. This will be very small, sort of like sand, but can indicate excessive wear and tear on your roof. Contact a roofing contractor is any notable amount of debris is found.
If you are uncomfortable with going up on your roof to inspect it or not exactly sure what to look for, a roofing contractor can provide this vital service at an affordable rate. In fact, the small amount you pay for any inspection could save you thousands of dollars in extra expenes if a damaged roof is not properly fixed.
When looking for a roofing contractor, you want to find one in your area that has a proven track record of providing excellent services in your specific area.
John Smith is a professional roofing contractor with over 35 years of experience in inspecting, repairing, and replacing residential roofs.