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Plano Roofing: Article About Routine Homeowner Roof Inspections

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Being proactive with maintenance and repairs is the best way to make a roof last. A routine monthly inspection is ideal. While it may not be practical to have a Plano roofing company perform a professional inspection every month, most homeowners can handle the cursory inspections themselves and then call in the professionals annually or whenever they identify signs of wear.

Walking on a roof can be dangerous, and homeowners shouldn't do it if it makes them uncomfortable. The good news is that getting on the roof usually isn't necessary. Homeowners can perform inspections from an extension ladder with their waist no higher than the top of the last step, and they can even perform an inspection from the ground using a pair of binoculars.

Maintaining gutters so they remain clean and flowing is an important step in keeping a roof in good condition. If a homeowner is already using a ladder to inspect the roof, then this is also a good time to clear the gutters and downspouts. Gutters and downspouts don't usually require monthly cleaning, of course, but doing it like this will ensure that the job is always relatively quick and easy.

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During the inspection, look for any kind of debris that's accumulated on the roof. Inward angles are a common location for pine needles and other debris to accumulate. These piles may seem innocuous, but they can lead to shingle and flashing degradation due to moisture and decay. Debris accumulation will be worse if branches overhang the roof, so it's always a good idea to hire a professional to trim trees whenever that growth becomes a concern.

Take a methodical approach to inspecting shingles. For each section, homeowners should start at the top and work their way down row by row. Obvious signs of damage that require immediate attention include missing shingles and shingles that are broken, torn, curled or buckling. Less obvious signs of damage are indentations and bare spots, which can be a sign of blistering or hail damage.

Finally, in each section, homeowners should carefully inspect all roof attachments and protrusions. Protrusions include plumbing pipes and skylights, and attachments include TV antennas and satellite dish mounts. Look for rust and other signs of moisture. Metal flashing that's begun to rust must be replaced immediately. Inspect all rubber flashing, such as pipe boots, which will begin to fall apart over time. Also, inspect all caulk, silicone, construction foam and other sealants for signs of curling and shrinking.

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