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  • Writer's picture Elizabeth Greever

How Often Should You Check Your Roof?

Updated: Sep 5, 2021

It is certain that we may not think about our roof all the time, but we want to make sure that our roof stays in good shape and remains leak free. For this to become possible, regular inspections must be performed. But how often should that happen?

According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, it is recommended to check your roof at least twice a year, during fall and spring. The mild weather of both seasons can make inspecting the roof easier and it also allows you to make sure that your roof will be prepared for any potential seasonal weather hazards. Although it’s not easy to complete the inspection as recommended, by doing this will help avoid minor roof damage from leading to more serious issue.

Preventing these minor problems from turning into major ones will save you tons of money in the future. Bi-yearly inspection can be done by yourself unless you find reason for concern. Here are some things to look our for when doing an inspection:

  • Broken or missing shingles

  • Cracked or curling caulk

  • Patches of moss/lichen

  • Worn or peeling plastic rubber boots around pipes or other roof projections

  • Cracked or rusted spots on metal flashings

  • Shingles that are blistering, cracking or buckling

  • Loose, cracked or rusted gutters

  • Crumbling or missing chimney mortar

  • Tree branches or other large debris

If during your own inspection you notice any cracked or rusted flashings or gutters, crumbling or missing chimney mortar, sunken spots in the roof, or several shingles that are buckling, cracking or missing, you should call a roofing company. A professional roofer can inspect both the inside and outside of your roof and give you peace of mind about the safety of your roof and your home.

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