5 Ways to Assess the Health of Your Roof

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How to Make Sure You're Roof's in Good Shape

How to Make Sure You're Roof's in Good Shape

The roof on your home is one of the most important parts of the building’s structure. After all, the roof is what covers and protects the rest of the house that sits below it. Maintaining your home’s roof health is a key component to maintaining the overall quality of your home, but unless you are a roof expert, you may not be aware of what you need to look for to make sure your roof is in good shape.

Shingle Check

Check the condition of your roof shingles. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, if any of the shingles are damaged, cracked, bending, buckling or missing, then it is time to replace them. If multiple rows of shingles are missing from the roof, it may be time to replace the roof altogether. Shingle replacement runs anywhere from $1.25 to $8 per square foot, depending on the materials.

Ice Buildup

In cold weather climates, you need to pay close attention to areas on the roof where ice tends to build up. Ice can cause damage to the roof and gutters that run along your roof for draining. Typically, warm attic temperatures cause ice to melt and refreeze, so ventilating and insulating the attic can help.

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Water Leaks and Damage

If your home has an attic, climb into it and look for any water leaks or water staining on the ceiling of the attic. Review areas around chimneys, pipes and vents with extra care. Also, check for any light that may be creeping through the roof, which indicates that the roof is not properly sealed.

Swampy Yard / Grass

Walk the perimeter of your home and check for soggy or swampy grass areas. This is an indication that your gutters are clogged. Clear away debris from the gutters so that the water can drain properly. Excessive amounts of water runoff from the roof that pools around the perimeter of your home can eventually damage the foundation of the home.


Check on gutters to make sure they are properly attached to your home and are not loose. Loose gutters do not properly direct water runoff, which can send the water to areas of your home and cause damage. Re-attach loose gutters or replace broken gutters to ensure that water from rain or melting snow and ice winds up where it is supposed to go. The national average for replacing gutters is $3 to $5 per linear foot.

The roof of your home is such an important structural component of your home that you should check on the health of your roof regularly. This is especially true in climates with cold winter climates that produce snow and ice. Even in warmer weather climates, you should conduct a health check-up on your roof to check for potential issues and make necessary repairs before it causes any further damage.

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