One of the most overlooked home maintenance tasks is inspecting your roof – which is something you should do at least once a year.
You don’t have to climb up on your roof to inspect it. You can easily perform the inspection from ground level with a pair of binoculars. Here are some things you should be looking for:
- Shingles that are curling, blistering, cracked or missing.
- Masses of moss or lichen growing on the roof.
- Inspect your gutters too, and make sure they are not clogged with branches, leaves or debris. Make sure that the gutters are fastened properly, and look for large amounts of granules in the gutters that could signal that your roof is decaying.
- If you have an attic, check it during the day and look for any daylight peeking through the ceiling. If you see the sun, you definitely have a problem.
Keep in mind that the average life of an asphalt roof is 15 to 18 years. Since your roof is the protector of everything in your home, inspect it regularly and call a professional if repairs are needed.