Follow these inspection and maintenance recommendations to prolong the life of your roof.
Inspect for and repair damage
- For shingle roofs, look for shingles that are loose, cracked, broken, missing, buckling, curling, blistering, or worn down.
- Check wood for rot or insect infestation.
- Check metal areas for rust.
Remove tree branches that overhang the roof. This will prevent damage from rubbing or falling on the roof, and limit leaves clogging gutters.
Remove debris from the roof
- Remove dirt, loose objects, branches, and other plant material from your roof.
- Consider hiring a professional to perform this service.
Look for and repair loose or missing flashing
- Check for and address any loose or missing pieces of flashing. Loose or ill-fitted flashing can cause roof cover failure and water intrusion during high-wind storms.
- Be sure to regularly inspect flashing for any issues before and after storms.
Inspect for and repair leaks
Look for these signs of a leak:
- Leaks inside the attic
- Water stains on roof decking (around chimneys, vents, pipes, and valleys)
- Discolored roofing deck, rafters, or trusses
- Water stains on the ceiling
- Cracked wall or ceiling paint
- Peeling wall paper
Inspect and seal roof penetrations
Check around chimneys, pipes, skylights, exhaust fans, vents, and air conditioning units.
- Are penetrations well sealed and tight?
- Are there gaps and/or signs of missing sealant?
Inspect and repair vents
For off-ridge vents:
- Do vents wiggle back and forth?
- Are they well attached?
- Are there screws attaching turbines or caps?
For ridge vents:
- Are vents tightly screwed down?
- If nails are used, are they are properly attached?