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How do I know if I need a new roof, or if I need to repair a leak?

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The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends you do a roof inspection at least two times a year - once in the spring and once in the fall. Although it is recommended that you hire a professional to do your roof inspection, here is a list of items that should be checked if you choose to do it yourself:

  1. Places where the roof deck is sagging
  2. Signs of water damage or leaking
  3. Dark spots and trails
  4. Outside light showing through the roof
  5. Visually inspect your roof for cracked, torn, bald or missing shingles
  6. Scan the roof for loose material or wear around chimneys, vents, pipes or other penetrations
  7. Watch out for an excessive amount of shingle granules (they look like large grains of sand) in the gutters -- this is a sign of advanced wear
  8. Check for signs of moisture, rot or mold. Note that wet spots may not be directly under your faulty shingle; water can travel down to its lowest spot before it drips. Mold, fungi and bacteria can grow quickly - within 24 to 48 hours of a water-related problem
  9. Examine the drainage, and make sure gutters and downspouts are securely attached. Also ensure all drains are open and allow water to exit, and all gutters and downspouts are free of debris
  10. Check that all bath, kitchen and dryer vents go entirely outside of your home, not just into the attic space

Don't put off your roof inspection until water damage has already occurred. If a problem is found, it doesn't necessarily mean you need to replace your roof. Many repairs can be made before a major rebuild is necessary. Contact Ej's Contractors today for a free inspection. We can assist you with all of your roofing needs.

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