Your roof is not permanent. It needs care. You can give it that care by knowing what problems to look or and how and when to get professional help.

Too often it is taken for granted that as long as a roof isn’t leaking, it must be in good condition. This is not necessarily so. That’s why you want to take action now to help assure a long life for your roof.

The best way for you to minimize roof repair bills is to prevent damage before it occurs. This means periodic inspections, either from the ground or on a ladder. Look for danger signs like:

  • Missing or cracked shingles.
  • Debris on the roof.
  • Clogged gutters and drains.
  • Severe weathering.
  • Curled shingles or other fatigued roofing materials. Indoors you’ll want to check for leaks or damp areas and stains on ceilings.

Generally speaking, a newer roof should be inspected annually while a roof that is eight to ten years old should be inspected more often. If you are unable to safely make an inspection yourself, have a roofing contractor do it for you. The cost is reasonable, and it could prevent later unnecessary repairs.