Your roof is beyond a doubt the most important element of protecting your home from the elements. Leaking roof can easily cause hundreds or thousands of dollars in damage if it is not fixed quickly.
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How often do you look at your roof? If you're like most people, you run in and out of the house, shuttle the kids back and forth, and glance up at the roofline only occasionally as you back out of the driveway.
But inspecting your roof regularly and making little fixes as needed can prevent some costly roofing repairs down the road -- and keep those raindrops from falling on your head. There's another benefit, too: Keeping your roof in good condition will also be a big plus if you decide to sell your home.
Take it from the top
So, what should you look for, when inspecting your roof? The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends you do a roof inspection at least two times a year -- spring and fall. The best place to begin is inside your house -- grab a flashlight and make a trip to the attic.
Here are four things to look for on the inside
- Places where the roof deck is sagging
- Signs of water damage or roof leaking
- Dark spots and trails
- Outside light showing through the roof deck.
When you take a look at the exterior of the roof, pay attention to such things as damaged flashing, missing shingles, curling, blistering, buckling, rotting and algae growth (which occurs most often in humid climates and appears as dark or greenish stains).
The Kardinal Co Roofing offers these tips on what to check on the outside:
Hopefully we gave you some ideas how to check your roof and remember:
- Visually inspect your roof for cracked, torn, bald or missing shingles.
- Scan the roof for loose material or wear around chimneys, vents, pipes or other penetrations.
- Watch out for an excessive amount of shingle granules (they look like large grains of sand) in the gutters -- this is a sign of advanced wear.
- Check for signs of moisture, rot or mold. Note that wet spots may not be directly under your faulty shingle; water can travel down to its lowest spot before it drips.
- Examine the drainage, and make sure gutters and downspouts are securely attached. Also ensure all drains are open and allow water to exit, and all gutters and downspouts are free of debris.
- Check that all bath, kitchen and dryer vents go entirely outside of your home, not just into the attic space.
Your roof is what keeps you and your family safe from the sun and snow, lightning and rain.