At least one a year, you should inspect your roof or hire a professional roofing inspector to your roof for you. If you are going to inspect your own roof, you need to know what type of damage to look for. Looking for the right type of damage can help you determine the overall health of your roof.

#1 Check the Flashing

The flashing is the metal material that covers the joints on your roof as well as the edges of your roof, against the wall. The point of flashing to keep water from getting under the edges of your roof and causing problems.

When you check the flashing, as it is made out of metal, you are going to want to keep an eye out for cracks, corrosion, and holes. The flashing that you need to look at the most closely is the flashing near where your roof meets with siding, chimney, or skylights, as these tend to be the type of flashing that are most easily damaged.

#2 Check the Shingles

Next, take a look at the shingles. Be sure to look at all of the shingles on the roof. When you look at the shingles, first keep an eye out for shingles that are cracked, curled, or broken. Then, look for shingles that seem to have lost a significant amount of the granules on them. This is a sign that the shingles are wearing down. If you notice any of these signs, you are going to want to have those shingles replaced.

#3 Check the Edge of the Roof

The edge of the roof, where water runs off, can often be the part of the roof that takes the most damage throughout the year. It is one of the most exposed parts of your roof. Check and make sure that the edge of your roof is free from any cracks or tears. Also, watch out for blistering as well.

#4 Inspect Around the Chimney

Next, if you have a chimney, give it a good look over. Make sure that the sealant is still in place around the base, then check on the structure of the chimney. Make sure that the chimney is in good shape and that no bricks are out of place. If any brick is loose or not well-sealed, you'll want to get that fixed.

#5 Check Where the Roof Meets with Walls

Finally, check where your roof meets with walls or objects. For example, if you have pipes that vent on your roof, make sure that the area around the vents are well sealed. If you have a valley on your roof, make sure that it is not worn down. Check the areas on your roof where your roof meets in a slope or with other objects; these are areas that tend to wear down at a faster rate and need to be repaired.

After you finish checking your notes, review all the areas that need to be fixed on your roof. Then, contact a roofing contractor, such as at Landmark Roofing, and let them know what needs to be worked on with your roof and move forward with those repairs.