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But it’s easy to forget how important the roof is until something goes wrong and suddenly you have water leaking into your house.

Even when there’s no evidence of roofing problems, it’s smart to have your roof inspected every year by an experienced roofing contractor.

Another time to schedule a roof inspection is after a severe storm. By taking care of basic roof maintenance and making minor roof repairs as required, you can avoid roof leaks that damage your home and your possessions.

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Roof concerns go beyond the roofing material

A reliable roofing company and contractor will evaluate the condition of your roof, the primary concern will be the roofing shingles or other finish roofing material. But there are other roof details that also deserve attention.

Make sure that your roofer also inspects the following elements

  • Gutters and downspouts: Basements can flood and exterior details can be damaged if gutters and downspouts don’t move water off the roof and away from the house foundation. Make sure your gutters are free of clogs. Check that downspouts are connected securely. Long gutter runs need to be pitched properly to minimize overflows.
  • Roof flashing: The roofing contractor should check the flashing around chimneys, vent stacks and skylights, as well as step and valley flashing.
  • Skylights: During a roof inspection, it’s also smart to inspect the glazing seals between the skylight glass and the aluminum glazing bars. Leaks in these areas can often be repaired with special sealant.
  • Roof ventilation: Soffit vents and ridge vents rarely require maintenance or repair. But gable vents can give insects and rodents access to your attic if they are not properly screened. These vents may need to be inspected from inside your attic as well as from the house exterior.

“I just cannot believe the work they did, its remarkable.”

Tom, Okemos, MI

A new roof gives your house a new look

The functional condition of your roof is obviously your first priority. But many homeowners elect to have new roofing installed before the old roofing wears out, simply because a new roof can really upgrade a home’s appearance. There are some exciting new roofing materials available–like composite shingles that look like old-fashioned roofing slates but are made from recycled rubber. And asphalt-fiberglass shingles have never looked better, especially the architectural grades that show off extra depth and texture.