How often do you really inspect your roof? If you're like most people, you problems with your roof probably don't even cross your mind until they become a major issue. However, your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. Without it, your family and belongings aren't protected from outside elements. You need to make sure that your roof is in good shape. Fortunately, it isn't difficult to determine when it's time to call a residential roofing company.
Complete an Attic Inspection
You don't want to wait until you see water damage on your living room ceiling to determine whether or not your roof is leaking. By then, the leak isn't just a small leak-- it's a major issue. So, you need to make time to inspect your attic for roof leaks. If your roof is leaking, your attic will show the same signs of water damage as any other part of your home. So, you need to look for discolored portions of the attic walls and ceiling, as well as any places where light is shining into the attic from the outside. If your attic shows any signs of water damage or there is light signing into your attic, you should contact a professional residential roofing company as soon as possible.
Look at Your Roof
If you're like most people, you probably leave the house and get into your car without ever looking up at your roof. However, roof problems are actually fairly easy to spot from the ground. From the ground you can spot:
- Missing shingles
- Damaged shingles
- Algae growth
- Mold growth
- Sagging areas of your roof
- Bent or torn flashing
Inspect Your Home's Drainage System
Cleaning your gutter a few times per year keeps your home's drainage system in working order, but simply cleaning your gutters isn't enough. You also need to be aware of what type of debris is coming out of the downspout. After the next storm, look at the ground surrounding your drain pipe to see if you find sand-like granules or pieces of shingles, because finding these things can indicate that your roof is deteriorating.
Roofs are designed so that they will last for several years, but that doesn't mean that you won't have any issues along the way. Fortunately, skilled roofers like those from Empire Roofing can often fix roof problems without replacing large sections of your roof as long as the problem is caught quickly. So, make time to inspect your attic and drainage system thoroughly, and look up at your roof instead of heading straight to the car from time to time.