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How Often Do You Check Your Roof?

Having a roof over your head is just a given when you purchase a home. So many people forget that the roof is not guaranteed to last. Inspecting your roof on a regular basis and making repairs as needed can save you a lot of money down the road and most importantly will help you and your family stay dry when the heavy rain comes.

So get a tall, safe ladder and climb up on the roof, checking carefully for the following problems.

  1. Look for places where the roof deck is sagging or caving. This may indicate water damage or the roof might need more support.
  2. Carefully look for signs of water damage or leaking.
  3. Check inside for any outside light showing through the roof.
  4. Visually inspect your roof for cracked, torn, bald or missing shingles.
  5. Check the roof for loose material which could expose the roof to water damage.
  6. Watch out for an excessive amount of shingle at the edge of the roof. Shingle overhang may cause them to lift up and blow off with the wind.
  7. Check for signs of moisture, rot, or mold, and take notice if you smell mildew in the home.
  8. Examine the outside drainage, and make sure gutters and downspouts are securely attached.
  9. Also ensure all drains are open and allow water to exit, and that all gutters and downspouts are free of debris. Clean out debris if necessary.
  10. Check that all bath, kitchen, and dryer vents that lead outdoors go entirely outside of your home.

We recommend checking your roof twice a year—or more often if it’s a particularly rainy season, in order to prevent water leaks and structural problems.

Call our licensed contractors at Advanced Builders & Contractors for more helpful advice or contracting service in Encino, CA.

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