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An annual roof inspection by a professional Germantown roofing contractor is the best way to ensure the structural integrity of a home and to keep it well protected against the elements. Between inspections, however, there are a few things that homeowners can do to make sure the roof stays in top shape.

Avoid walking on the surface of the roof whenever possible. In addition to the safety concern of falling from the roof, the homeowner's weight and pressure on the shingles themselves can be harmful to the roof's structure. If a rooftop inspection by the homeowner is deemed necessary, be sure to have someone else keeping an eye from the ground. Use a quality, well secured ladder and take precautions to avoid unnecessary impact on the shingles themselves. If there is the slightest concern, contact a local roofing inspector to do the job.

Visually scan all components of the roof from the ground. The homeowner should periodically view all roofing components from the best vantage point on the ground. Specific things to look for include missing or cracked shingles, curled or buckled shingles, water spots or stains, overhangs, branches laying on the roof or trees brushing against the roof surface.

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If these conditions are observed, branches should be removed and any damage to the shingles and roof surface should be addressed by a professional roofing contractor.

Don't forget the gutters. Throughout the year, the homeowner should make sure all gutters and downspouts are free and clear of leaves and debris. Without regular flushing of the guttering system, debris can block the flow of water away from the home, allowing water to seep into the basement or crawlspace.

Inspect the attic. A couple of times each year, an inspection of the attic space is recommended to make sure no new issues occur before they cause damage. Check to make sure the air in the attic is maintaining a proper temperature through adequate airflow. If the home has an attic fan installed, make sure it is in good working order. Scan the attic for mold or moisture that is collecting in the space. Make sure there are no areas where sunlight is visible through cracks or holes in the roof surface. If there are any signs of mold or if there appears to be inadequate ventilation in the attic space, contact a local roofing professional immediately.

Following these tips will take minimal time and effort on the part of the homeowner, but will ensure the home is adequately protected between professional inspections. If there are any questions or concerns, contact a local roofing contractor.

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