Roofing experts recommend that homeowners inspect their roofs twice a year, once before winter and again when winter has passed. Winter tends to be the hardest time of the year for roofs, especially in colder climates that get a lot of snow fall. Because winter is going to be very trying for your roof, it’s important to inspect it before the winter weather hits to make sure it’s in good shape.

But summer can also be hard on roofs. Late spring and summer is when you’re going to see a lot of rain and maybe even some thunderstorms. Hail storms are even a possibility in some areas. It’s a good idea to inspect your roof after the winter to see if your roof incurred any damage that will compromise its ability to function properly through the summer months.

What to look for

Moisture is a roof’s worst enemy. Your biggest concern then should be making sure that your roof is completely watertight. Grab a pair of binoculars and head across the street or wherever you can get the best view of your roof without having to climb on top of it. Scan the roof carefully for damaged shingles. If you spot any shingles that are cracked or warped, those are areas where water can potentially get in.

If roofing nails are popping out or if you’re noticing the ceramic granules that coat your shingles are accumulating in your rain gutters, that’s another sign that you need to have work done.

Call a qualified roofing contractor

If you spot any signs of damage, or if it’s been a long time since you’ve had a proper inspection by a roofing contractor, call a qualified roofer, get a full inspection and an estimate for the work. It’s better to pay a little bit now to make repairs than to pay a lot when the storms come and your roof isn’t ready for it.

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