This spring, make sure you spend some time checking on your roof. A yearly roofing inspection is a smart idea to ensure your roof stays in good shape. If you want to inspect your roof yourself, here are a few things that you should look for.
Check the Gutters
The first thing you want to do is check your gutters and make sure that they are not clogged up. If there is debris in your gutters, spend a little time cleaning out your gutters. Once you get the junk out of your gutters, make sure that your gutters are in good shape. Check and make sure that your gutters are clipped in place to your roof and make sure that your gutters are not slitting apart at the seams. If any clips are damaged, replace them. If your gutter is not staying apart, you may be able to secure it together again, or you may need to replace that section of the gutter if it is seriously damaged.
Check the Downspout
Second, check your downspout. Your downspout is the part of your gutter systems that runs vertically down your home and carries the water to the right location. Make sure that the downspout is clipped in place to your home. You don't want the downspout blowing around in the wind. Next, make sure that there is not junk clogged up the bottom of the downspout and make sure that it is pointed in the right direction so the water flows where it should.
Check the Shingles
Third, check the shingles on your roof. First look and see if any shingles blew off during the winter. If any shingles blew off, you are going to want to replace them. Then, check and see if any singles are curled up, cracked or damaged. If you find any curled up, cracked or damaged shingles, you are going to want to replace those damaged shingles. Damaged shingles will allow water into your roof, which can result in serious water damage.
Check the Vents
Finally, check the vents on your roof and make sure that they the caulking around them is well sealed. You want the caulking to meet with the roof. If the caulking is wearing away, be sure to apply some more so that water will not seep into the internal layers of your roof.
Spend some time checking the gutters, downspout, shingles, and vents on your roof. Checking your roof and taking care of small problems as they arise will help ensure that your roof lasts and doesn't develop bigger issues.