One of the most important features of any home is the roof. Designed to protect the interior of your house from the effects of unforgiving weather, sadly, roof repair is often neglected by many homeowners. However, by conducting periodic checks ideally in the spring and fall, you can spot potential problems before they spiral out of control. To get you started, below are ten helpful tips.

  1. If you have any concerns, do an inspection after a nasty storm or any bad weather conditions where your roof has been put to the ultimate test.
  2. If you’re fearful of climbing a ladder, use a pair of binoculars and thoroughly check each side of your house for any issues.
  3. Contrary to popular belief, the sun will cause more damage to your roof than wind and rain combined. So pay special attention to the parts of your roof that are exposed to the most sun.
  4. The next time it rains, go up to your attic with a flashlight to see if there is any leaking. Check for any water stains as it may help you pinpoint the location of the leak.
  5. Look out for any curled or cracked shingles.
  6. Check if there are shingles with missing granules. A good place to look are the gutters where granular material can accumulate.
  7. Check the flashings, which can sustain damage over time leading to leaks.
  8. Look out for any missing roofing nails which also can be found in the gutters.
  9. Check to see if any shingles have blown off the roof.
  10. Ask your neighbors when they got their roof fixed or replaced. Homes in the same neighborhood are usually built around the same time period so if you notice them getting their roof replaced, it’s probably a good idea that you do the same.