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Maintaining the roof system on a home should be just as important to a homeowner as any other system in the home, such as an HVAC system or a plumbing system. The roof serves specific purposes and when it has been compromised, severe and costly damage can occur. However, most homeowners do not do enough to help maintain and care for their roofs. No matter what type of roofing material a homeowner has, these general tips provided by Charlotte roofing professionals can help them keep their roofs in better condition.

On the interior of the home, homeowners should be on the lookout for any brown or yellow ceiling stains. These stains can appear nearly anywhere and, more often than not, are a sign that there has been a break in the roof's integrity and it is in need of repair or replacement. Homeowners can also get into their attic space and make some assessments there. They should check the attic's insulation to see if there is any mold or moisture present. Wood in the attic should be assessed for any moisture, mold, or wood rot.

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Any of these signs would be concerning, and homeowners should contact their roofing professional for a full roof inspection if they find them.

Homeowners should never get on their roofs themselves. Getting on a roof requires skills, knowledge, and safety equipment that most homeowners do not have. For most homeowners, it is not worth the risk, and it should be left up to professional roofers. However, there is a lot homeowners can assess about their roof from the ground with a set of binoculars. Homeowners can look for shingles that are simply looking worn out and old, as well as shingles that have buckled, curled, been displaced or are missing. Shingles that are missing a significant amount of granules are also a concern. Even just one missing or cracked shingle can cause problems with the entire roofing system.

Homeowners should also check to see that tree and bush branches are trimmed far enough back from the roof. Constant scraping by branches can cause damage to any type of roof and can easily be avoided by some pruning. In addition, branches can become very heavy and flexible in a storm, allowing them to cause severe damage to a roof.

Gutters should also be cleaned once or twice a year. Clogged gutters can cause extra water to pool and damage or rust flashings, shingles, and underlayment.

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