Your roof is a vital part of your home, and it's important to make sure that it's in good shape. Regular maintenance of your roof can help ensure it will continue to protect you and your family from the elements.
What Needs To Be Done:
Your home's roof requires regular inspections to keep it in safe working order.
Why Do It?
Regular roof inspections can identify issues prior to them becoming major problems. These issues can be fixed, saving you both time and money.
You should always hire a licensed professional roofer to inspect and maintain your roof. It's extremely dangerous to work on your roof without the proper training.
A roof inspection can find problems with the following:
- Insulation: This protects your home from weather elements that could pose a threat to people and possessions
- Drainage: You want to make sure water is kept from penetrating the walls and damaging the structure of the home
- Structure: The roof is an important part of the structural health of the home
In normal circumstances, your roof should be inspected once or twice a year according to doityourself.com. Check your roof after any extreme weather event, like rain, snow or wind, and look for any interior leaks. Because all roofs are different, it's important to consult your roof maintenance manual or repair guide to know what to inspect and how often.
How To Do It:
Just looking at your roof from the ground is not enough. The safest plan is to call a professional roofer to do it for you. According to doityourself.com, many roofers will do the inspection for free of charge in the hopes of getting work now or in the future from you. Once you find a professional roofer to perform these inspections, make sure they do these things:
1. Check the flashings.
Flashings are the metal pieces that cover curves and edges of your roof. Water can easily leak in and around the flashing if they are damaged. Look for bent, damaged or missing flashing.
2. Look in the gutters.
If your roof is composed of asphalt shingles, look in the gutters for pieces or grains of the shingles. If you see a lot of this, it is a sign that your shingles may need replacement, and you should talk to a professional.
3. Dry rot.
If your roof has wooden or shake shingles, inspect it for warping or dry rot. If you notice these things, the shingle may need to be replaced.
Climbing on your roof can be very dangerous, so remember: The safest way to make sure your roof is in good shape is to hire a licensed professional to inspect it.
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