Your home’s roof has a very important job – protecting you and your family. The best way to ensure that your roof is doing its job is to inspect it for damage and assess its need for repairs or replacement. Although there is no substitute for hiring a licensed and experienced professional roofer to examine your roof, all homeowners should be able to recognize a few signs that their roof may need to be repaired.
How Often Should I Inspect My Roof?
Most professional roofers recommend inspecting your roof on an annual basis to check for any potential issues and perform simple maintenance to keep it strong and protecting your home for years.
However, severe storms can negatively affect your roofing in several ways including hail damage, high winds that remove shingles and pounding rain that can cause substantial water damage. It is for this reason that most roofing contractors also recommend inspecting your roof after a powerful storm for obvious signs of damage.
What to Look For
Depending on the material that your roof is made of, you should look for different signs of damage.
- Asphalt Shingles: Traditional shingles have granules in the top layer of the roof that deteriorate over time. If you notice granule build up in your gutters or worn spots in your roofing, call a licensed roofer.
- Cedar Shake/Shingles: Cedar roofs need to breathe so be sure to keep them out of the shade and to check for sign of rot and mold but NEVER walk on a cedar roof.
- Metal Roofs: Metal roofing requires less maintenance than other roofing materials. However, you should look for signs of rust or corrosion.
- Flashing: Metal flashing forms a seal around parts of your roofing that protrude from your roofline. When flashing is damaged, it can lead to serious leaks and even more serious repairs.