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It's a good idea to inspect your roof at least once a year to look for signs of wear and tear. You don't necessarily have to get on top of your roof to do it. You can climb up a ladder for a close look or use binoculars and examine your roof from the ground. Here are some signs of damage that signal the need for repairs.
Check for missing, cracked, and curled shingles. Also, scan the roof for nails that have popped up on the shingles. If you see any of these things, you'll want to make repairs right away. That means you'll have to get on your roof and maneuver around. If that is out of your comfort zone, hire a contractor that offers roofing services such as repair and cleaning of shingles. Repairing a few shingles shouldn't cost much, and it could save you money if it prevents water damage from a leaking roof.
Also, check your gutters for loose granules. As your roof gets older, it starts shedding asphalt granules due to UV exposure. If you see a lot of these granules in your gutters, it's a sign your roof is deteriorating, and you may want a contractor to inspect your roof to see if it is nearing the end of its lifespan.
Accumulation of Moss or Algae
Black streaks and stains are usually caused by algae. Algae is mostly a cosmetic problem, but the growth of thick moss could mean your shingles are decaying underneath. You'll want to remove moss and algae to improve the appearance of your roof and to prevent damage. Cleaning a roof is dangerous because using cleaning solutions and water on the roof makes it very slippery. You can buy roof cleaning products at a home improvement store if you want to do the job yourself, or you can hire a contractor to clean your roof for you. If you do it yourself, be careful about using a hose or pressure washer on your roof, so you don't drive water underneath the shingles.
Flashing is the vinyl or metal pieces that surround the vents, pipes, and chimney that exit your roof. Flashing keeps rain from leaking in around the openings. When flashing deteriorates, roof leaks can develop. When you examine your roof, look for rust on metal flashing and signs of cracks and deterioration in vinyl flashing. If they show signs of wear, or if they appear loose, apply caulk to seal gaps or completely replace the flashing.
A good time to inspect your roof is during the fall when you clean out your gutters since you'll need to climb on a ladder then anyway. When you clean your gutters, you have a chance to make sure water drains off your roof properly and that the soffit and fascia are not rotting or damaged by pests. If you check your roof regularly and keep up with repairs, you can avoid costly damage that can occur because of neglect.
However, if you do find any damage you can't repair yourself or discover signs of overall wear, consider contacting local roofing services.