Unfortunately, many homeowners take their roof for granted, neglecting the routine maintenance that could be the difference between a disastrous and costly roof failure and a handful of repairs over the life of your home.
The truth is, in the long run, routine roof maintenance will end up saving you money. So, this spring, take time to inspect your roof for potential problems, including leaks and cracks. Also, be sure to check around your chimney, pipes and skylights.
The National Roof Contractors Association suggests that you hire a professional roofing contractor to assist with the inspections, which are recommended twice per year, preferably in the spring and fall. However, if you choose to perform the inspection yourself, the NRCA recommends that these inspections include:
- Cleaning gutters;
- Securing your ladder at the top to prevent slipping;
- Checking shingles for damage;
- Inspecting materials around chimneys, pipes, and skylights;
- Examining interior walls and ceilings for water damage.
When was the last time your roof was properly inspected?
Material for this article was provided by a First Command partner, Safeco Insurance®, and it is intended to promote the professional services of First Command.