Always pay attention to everything that comes in contact with your roof, and make sure you keep the gutters cleaned out and any other debris is removed from around the chimney flashings, vents, and any valleys in your roof. Make sure to clear away any materials that might work underneath a shingle and cause it to come loose. Keep tree branches trimmed back away from the roof, and inspect your roof’s condition as it ages.
If you have a leak in your roof, that’s usually a good indication that it needs fixed. The source of a leak isn’t always directly above where the water is leaking through a ceiling, however. When water leaks under shingles, it normally travels along the rafters and studs in your attic to the lowest point on the ceiling and comes through there. The discolored spots you see on your ceiling and walls could actually be some distance away from the source of the leak. If you’re not seeing water spots, even a musty smell can be a sign of a problem with your roof.
Signs of moisture appearing in the interior of your home may be due to a variety of reasons. Before making a decision about your roof, have it inspected by a roofing company with a reputation for being professional and trustworthy. A reliable company will inspect the roof, identify any problems, thoroughly explain your options, and disclose all costs before the job begins.
Since moisture in your home can actually be a result of many different issues, it’s important to have your roof inspected by a roofing contractor with a proven reputation for being fair, professional, and trustworthy. A trusted roofing inspector will visually inspect your roof to find the root cause of any problems and will sit down with you to explain in detail what your options are and what the associated costs of repair or replacement will be.
Things you can do to help maintain your roof and prolong its life is to inspect the roof at least twice a year to look for damaged, broken, cracked, or curling shingles and to keep your gutters cleaned of leaves and debris.
Unless you’re professionally trained, most DIY roofing projects result in more headaches and extensive, costly repairs, and are best left to a trained, experienced roofing contractor.
Look for a roofing contractor who is experienced and committed to quality, and one who has a stable of satisfied customers in your area. A quality roofing contractor is cognizant of building codes and other requirements and will have high quality standards that their installers must follow. Ensure that you get a detailed quote from any roofing contractor, and make sure to check reviews, ratings, and references from past customers.