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Your roof is a major investment, and it is the essential building component that protects your home and family from strong winds, heavy rain, and other kinds of bad weather. For these two reasons, your roof deserves your protection in return.

By following these helpful tips for taking good care of your roof, you can ensure that it stay in top condition, so it never lets you down when you need it most.

Make Periodic Checks for Signs of Roof Problems

You can tell a lot about the condition of your roof by performing a visual checkup every couple of months. First, go up to the attic with a flashlight and examine the underside of the roof for any evidence of water drips and stains. Then, head outdoors to check for problems on the roof itself by walking the perimeter of your home. Look for accumulated shingle granules on the ground, then scan the roof for bare spots, damaged or broken shingles, and loose/missing edge, valley and chimney flashing.

Schedule an Annual Professional Inspection

The weather extremes of our local climate are bound to take a toll on your roof, so it’s wise to have an experienced residential roofing specialist pro climb a ladder once a year for an up-close and detailed inspection. Be sure to choose a licensed, trusted local roofer  who offers free inspections to area homeowners. A skilled roofer can identify any emerging problems, plus they can also estimate your roof’s expected lifespan and offer suggestions on how to preserve and protect it.

Keep Your Gutters in Good Repair

Cleaning out your gutters and making sure they’re securely attached and in good repair can help safeguard your home from damage. If the gutters are clogged with debris or in poor condition, ice dams that form along the roof edge can let water back up under the shingles, leading to roof decking decay and/or water damage in your attic and exterior walls.

Have Overhanging Trees Trimmed Back

If you have tall trees adjacent to your home that overhang the roof, hire a professional to trim them back periodically. A good distance is 10 feet away, so there’s less risk of storm damage from falling limbs, less accumulation of pine needles, leaves and other debris, and less likelihood of small rodents like squirrels and chipmunks gnawing on the shingles.