Roofing experts suggest that homeowners inspect their roofs every spring and fall for damage. The roof is one of the most vulnerable parts of a house since it is exposed to brunt of the weather; wind, hail, rainstorms, fallen branches and leaves, snow, ice, high humidity, and temperature changes put stress on the roof and homeowners should periodically assess their roof to identify potential problems. By regularly inspecting your roof, you can pinpoint issues before they lead to more serious roof problems that would require expensive repairs.
Homeowners need to assess both the interior and exterior of the house when looking for damage; oftentimes, things like windows, gutters, and even mold spots can point to roof damage. When examining the exterior, you should look for missing, curling, blistered, cracked, or buckled shingles. If you have a tile roof, check if any tiles are missing, cracked, broken, or out of place. You should also check the exterior paint (or stucco) of the house for chipping, discoloration, cracking, or splitting—these conditions might be signs of roof damage. Signs of roof problems can also be identified from the interior of the house in the attic. Check for sagging places in the roof and any outside light shining through. Identify dark spots, leaks, and discoloration on the ceilings—water damage can lead to mold growth and other problems that threaten the integrity of your house.
Roofing experts warn homeowners to avoid walking on the roof when inspecting it, particularly if the roof is damaged. Homeowners can find a trusted roofing contractor to inspect or repair the roof using Real Local Pages (RLP), an online business directory with listings for services and businesses throughout the U.S. Visit the website, http://www.reallocalpages.com/, and enter the location you want to search. Choose the “roofing” category on the RLP home page or enter key words into the search box like “roof,” “roofing,” “roofer,” or “roofing contractor” to find the service or business you need. The results pages include the name and contact information of the business for your convenience. Users can also leave a review of the business listing on the website by clicking the “add review” button shown next to the listing. RLP’s directory is useful for finding a range of businesses and services from restaurants to electricians.