There are a few things worse for your home than a roof that has fallen into disrepair. Your roof is your first line of defense, when it’s compromised, your entire home is put in jeopardy. A damaged roof can lead to costly interior water damage and pest control problems. Here are ten tips to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.
- Walk around your roof looking for shingles that have become dislodged or have fallen off completely.
- Use a pair of binoculars to look for cracked, curling, or otherwise damaged shingles.
- Keep an eye out for darker spots on your roof as this could be algae or mold.
- For metal roofs, look for seams that aren’t aligned properly.
- Inspect your chimney and the area immediately around it. There should be a tight seal around your chimney.
- Check the area where the roof meets the walls of your home. Discoloration or rot in the eaves or fascia are a bad sign.
- Make sure there are no holes permitting rodents to get into your attic space.
- Look for mold and water damage in your attic space.
- Keep your roof clear of debris such as leaves and branches.
- Trim back branches that hang over your roof so they don’t scratch it on a windy day.
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