Have You Inspected Your Roof Lately?

The summer is quickly coming to a close, but before it does, it may be time to look up to see how your roof is holding up.

The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends inspecting your roof at least twice a year in both the spring and fall.

Before the days get shorter and the wind and rains head this way, it’s a good time to check your roof from both the inside and outside to access any potential damange.

To check the condition of your roof from the inside of the home you’ll need a flashlight and access to the attic. Once inside the attic you’ll want to keep your eye out for a number of telltale signs of roof damage.

One of biggest problems you may uncover when inspecting your roof from the inside of the home is water damage. Water damage or leaking is evident by water stains, brown marks or mold.

Keep your eye out for places where the roof may be drooping. If there are any spots in the roof where you can see light from the outside, those will need to be addressed as well.

If everything looks good on the inside, get a ladder and head outside to inspect the top of the roof.

Again, be careful to look for water damage or rotting in any areas of the roof. Check for missing, cracked or broken roof shingles as well as growth of mold or algae on the shingles.

Pay close attention to the roof areas around the chimney or pipes to ensure there are no cracks or signs of water damage. Damage from water, particularly in humid climates, can lead to weakening of the roof structure and if not taken care of right away can lead to costly fixes.

While you’re on the roof, be sure to also look at your gutters to ensure they are not clogged and that the drains are allowing for water to flow through them without obstruction.

The material your roof is made out of will determine how long your roof is likely to last. The most common types of roofing materials are wood, slate, copper and asphalt composition shingles.

According to experts, wood shingle roofs can last about 20 years, as long as shingles that suffer moisture or water damage are identified and replaced as needed.

Cement shingles are expected to last about 25 years, while slate, copper and tile roofs can last upwards of 50 years as long as broken or cracked tiles are replaced as needed.

If during your roof inspection you happen to find broken singles, sagging, or water damage, be sure to check with a professional before getting too worried. It may be possible to fix a section of the roof rather than having to replace the entire roof.

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