A roof is a major investment, so it’s smart to do whatever’s necessary to make sure it stays in good shape.

Regular Maintenance

Regular inspection and preventive maintenance will keep small problems from becoming bigger ones. It’s smart to hire a roofing professional to inspect roof wear on a regular basis and perform necessary maintenance.
If you decide to climb up there and check the roof yourself, there are a number of problems to look for:

  • Standing Water – When water is pooling on a roof, it signals improper drainage and water can begin to damage structures. It may be necessary to install roof drains or clear obstructed drains that are already in place.
  • “Alligatoring” and Blistering – When cracks appear in the surface of a built-up roof, cold weather can create channels that hold water.

Ventilation

The free flow of air around and under a roof is critical to its durability. Without it, heat and moisture build up and can cause shingles to buckle and rafters to rot. Never block your roof’s louvers, ridge vents, or soffit vents – even in the winter. Attic ventilation prevents structural damage, increasing the life of your roofing material and increases the comfort level of the rooms underneath the attic.

Use these links to educate yourself:

NRCA’ s Information for Homeowners
NRCA’ s Information for Building Owners
Tile Roofing Institute’s FAQ on Tile Roofs
Tile Roofing Institute’s FAQ on Hurricane Damage