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Many homeowners take the “out of sight, out of mind” approach when it comes to roof maintenance. Rarely do
people take the initiative to get on a ladder and see how their roof is holding up. However, this mindset can
result in costly roof repairs.

Make a habit of doing a quick roof inspection when the weather warms. This lookover will help you ensure
your roof can withstand the heat during the summer. Check the two crucial areas listed below at the start of
each spring, and then call a professional for help if you have any questions or need roof repairs.

Gutters

Before you check any other part of your roof, check your downspouts and gutters. These areas often capture
debris and leaves from nearby trees, especially during winter storms. If you leave debris in your gutters for
too long, the leaves could clog the downspout once it rains.

Clogged gutters can cause rainwater to back up into the roof eaves, which results in water damage.
Additionally, the rain could loosen the gutter from the house. Loose gutters will begin to sag under the
weight of the leaves and result in costly roof repairs.

The downspout is responsible for directing rainwater away from your home’s foundation. If this area is
clogged with leaves, you could end up with foundation problems. To avoid damage, check your downspouts
and gutters for clogs this spring. Make sure the water runs smoothly through each gutter.

You may need to clean your gutters by removing leaves. Never try using a hose to clear the debris-the
water could result in a clog that causes property damage. Instead, remove the debris with a rake or your
hand. After most of the debris is gone, flush the minor debris away with water.

You should also check that gutters don’t have any low spots in them. Ideally, your gutters will slope one
inch every 15 to 20 feet. Adjust your gutters to fit this description.

Shingles

During the summer, sunlight can cause excessive heat damage to shingles. Spring is a good time to ensure
your shingles can last through another dry, hot summer.

Watch out for shingles that have become brittle or have folded upwards into a cupping shape. This
flexibility may happen due to age or manufacturer defect.

Bent shingles will eventually allow rainwater to seep under your roof, resulting in water damage.
Homeowners don’t often notice roof damage until they see water spots on their ceiling. At this point, you’ll
likely have to hire a professional to repair the ceiling and roof damage.

You can prevent extensive roof damage by inspecting your shingles each spring. Here are some signs that
your shingles may need to be replaced:

  • Shingles that have curled, buckled, or blistered
  • Loose roof materials
  • Worn roof pipes or chimneys
  • Large pieces of shingle granules that have fallen into your gutters
  • Missing shingles
  • Flashing around skylights or plumbing vents

Be careful on the ladder as you inspect your roof. Always use level ground to secure your ladder, and keep
both hands on the ladder as you climb. Extend the ladder at least three feet past your gutter.

Additionally, look inside your home for water damage on walls and ceilings. Water in these areas could be
a sign of leaks in your roof.

If you call a roof technician to help you inspect your roof, ask him or her about ways your roof can help
you save energy. Spring is the perfect time of year to explore ways to save money on cooling costs during hot
summers. Your technician may recommend adding insulation or reflective shingle granules to your roof.

Now that you have some areas to check, use these tips to avoid costly roof repairs during summer.