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Most homeowners are oblivious to the condition of their roof. They prefer to take the "out of sight, out of mind approach" and never actually climb a ladder to see the condition of their roof. However, as San Antonio roofing professionals can attest, taking this approach to roofing maintenance often leads to expensive roofing repairs. How often should homeowners inspect the roof?

The National Roofing Contractors Association suggests that homeowners review the condition of the roof biannually, during the fall and spring. These inspections prepare the home for the winter and can identify any damage caused by snow and ice accumulation over the winter. It is recommended that homeowners contact a roofing professional to assist them with the inspection. Some homeowners may prefer to do a preliminary inspection on their own before a roofing professional arrives.

Dirty gutters and downspouts put heavy strain on a home's roofing system. When gutters are clogged, rain will not flow properly and may damage the fascia boards on the roof. Homeowners should focus on removing leaves, seeds and needles from the gutters. Rain and other precipitation may have caused the granules from asphalt shingles to wash off and collect in the gutters. When they mix with water, they create a sticky goo that may block the gutters.

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After the gutters have been cleaned, homeowners should look for problem areas that may require professional repair.

Buckling, curling or blistering shingles are signs that the shingles have reached or exceeded their life expectancy. Wear and tear around chimneys, vents and pipes could lead to leaks and will need to be repaired. An excessive collection of shingle granules in the gutters is another indication that shingles have reached or have exceeded their life and will need to be replaced.

Homeowners can make a visual inspection of the interior of their home to check for signs of ceiling leaks or water damage. Excessive moisture in the attic may be a sign of poor ventilation and should be addressed by a roofing professional.

During a professional inspection, a roofing contractor will show the homeowner if their roof needs additional insulation. They will also review the structure of the roof to make sure that mold, insects or other wildlife have not damaged the roof.

The "out of sight, out of mind" approach to roofing maintenance can only lead to disaster. It is best for homeowners to be proactive, identify potential damage and take steps to repair the roof immediately.

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