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What To Look For When Inspecting Your Roof For Potential Problems

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The best way for you to avoid costly roofing repairs is to inspect the condition of your roof regularly. You may be put off by the thought of climbing up on your roof, but if this is the case, you'll be glad to know you can do a visual inspection from the ground. All you need is a pair of binoculars. You want to look for the following signs of trouble on your roof:

  • Missing shingles or tiles
  • Damaged shingles or tiles
  • Signs of corrosion on the flashing, a material placed over joints to prevent water seepage
  • Signs of animals nesting
  • Areas where water is pooling
  • Paint peeling on the bottom of the roof's overhang
  • Damage or corrosion to the rain gutters
  • Colored grit from your roof collecting in the rain gutters

You should also check on the condition of your roof from the inside of your home. You may not always be able to spot a problem simply from looking at the roof with binoculars. When you are doing an inside inspection, you want to look for the following signs of potential problems:

  • Areas of sagging in your ceiling
  • Dark spots on the underneath of your attic ceiling
  • Dark spots on your ceiling
  • Spots of light coming through the ceiling in the attic
  • Mold growth near the ceiling

You will want to mark down any areas of concern you find when you find them. This way, you won't forget about one and accidentally allow the problem to get worse. If you are up for the job, you may want to take care of simple repairs on your own.

Along with making sure you inspect the condition of your roof, there are also some maintenance tips you should follow:

  • Keep the gutters cleaned and free of leaves and other debris
  • Have a pest control company come out if you have critters nesting in your roof
  • Don't allow trees to grow too close to your roof
  • Go outside and check your roof after a storm to make sure shingles haven't come off

By making a point to check the condition of your roof and properly maintain it, you can decrease your chances of dealing with big roofing problems. However, any problems you spot that are beyond your control should be taken care of by professional roofers, like those at Whitaker Construction Group Inc., as soon as you are able to get them out there.