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Replacing an entire roof can get costly, which is why it's so important to identify and repair minor problems before they become major issues. The bigger the home, the more overwhelming the idea of inspecting it might seem, but it's actually not all that difficult. For homeowners who aren't handy, Union County roofers can help. Otherwise, read on for some tips on inspecting the roof on a regular basis.

Start by walking around the entire property and taking note of any major changes. If nothing jumps out, it's time to focus on the smaller details. Start with areas that contain algae, moss and heavy leaves. Moisture is one of the worst culprits when it comes to structural damage in a home, and stagnant piles of leaves never dry. Remove any piles of leaves or moss and check for any leaks underneath them.

Handy homeowners should also note any buckled spots on the roof. Buckled shingles occur when warm air inside the home pushes the shingle up and away from the roof outside the house. Buckled shingles do not protect the roof in the way that normal shingles do, and they can result in significant damage over time.

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Homeowners should also be aware of curling shingles, which also occur when warm air pushes up from the attic, forcing the shingle to curl. Like buckled shingles, curled shingles are a sign of poor roof ventilation, and homeowners should replace them immediately and follow up with an inspection of the attic's air circulation.

Missing, damaged or aging shingles can also pose problems for roofing, and they often occur after bouts of inclement weather. Aside from being unsightly on an otherwise perfect roof, they are the leading cause of water damage, and homeowners should address them as soon as possible.

Working gutters are a critical component of any sturdy roof, and homeowners should inspect theirs on a regular basis. Look for any accumulation of organic debris, and clean out the gutters accordingly. Open joints can also cause problems with drainage, and, when water seeps into the roof through the shingles, it can eventually lead to rot.

A proactive homeowner can get a lot done on his or her own, but the best way to ensure a thorough roof inspection is by hiring a professional. An experienced roofing contractor can spot any issues a homeowner might miss, and he or she will know how to fix them as well. When it comes to roofing issues, it's typically best to act fast because the longer a leak or minor issue sits, the larger it becomes.

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