The roof is one of the most important parts of your house, yet it can be difficult to understand how to check up on and maintain your shingles. These handy tips will cover everything from preventative maintenance to hiring a trustworthy roofer.

1. Hunt for shingles after a storm

Strong winds, heavy rain, and hail can cause loose shingles to come off of your roof. Search your property after a big storm to make sure there are no shingles or nails in your yard. Missing shingles allow for water to intrude your roof and can cause severe damage if not fixed in a timely manner.

2. Watch out for moss

Moss and other growths on your roof can spread rapidly and cause serious damage to your roof. There growths can lift the shingles from your roof making water and other intrusions possible.

3. Check your attic regularly

Checking your attic for any leaks, puddles, discoloration, moisture, or mold & mildew is important to stopping water damage at the first sign. If you notice any of these, schedule a professional inspection immediately!

4. Keep branches away from your roof

Low hanging branches from trees near your home can cause many degrees of damage to your roof. From scratching and scraping shingles to fully falling on/through your roof, always make sure to trim branches that are too close to your roof.

5. Get your roof inspected yearly (at least)

It is recommended to have your roof inspected by a trained professional at least once a year if not twice (once in the spring and once in the fall). It also a good idea to get an inspection after any severe weather events that have impacted other homes near you.

6. Keep your gutters clean

Keeping your gutters clean is an important step you can take to preserve the life of your roof. Clogged gutters can result in water not flowing through them properly and pooling up on your roof causing damage.

7. Get a roof inspection before you buy a home

Before closing on a house, have a trained expert inspect the roof so there are no unexpected surprises after you move in. Bonus: If you're selling your house, a new roof can increase your property value by an average of $12,000!

8. One layer of shingles is enough

Some roofers will attempt to re-shingle your roof over the existing shingles. This is not a good idea as a single layer of shingles looks better, lasts longer, and won't put the strain of unnecessary extra weight on your roof.

9. Beware of damaged vent pipes

Bathroom vent boots are typically made of plastic and/or metal. As they age, the pipes can crack and rust which creates a pathway for water to get into the home. Frequent roof inspections are the best way to catch signs of degradation before it becomes a problem.

10. Hire a trusted roofing company

Choosing a trusted roofer to perform any work is important in assuring that your roof will be secure for years to come. Unscrupulous contractors can cut corners on the quality of your shingles and improperly install them, leading to a voided warranty and expensive repairs. Lifetime Quality Roofing offers best in class warranties and expert installation to give you the peace-of-mind your roof will last a lifetime.

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