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Understanding the Conditions of Your Roof

While it's strongly encouraged to have a professional roofer perform a roof inspection, you do have an opportunity to notice basic conditions if you're already up there. Roofs are a main source of protection for the interiors of a home. Make sure your roof is in good condition for seasonal weather changes.

3 things the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) said you may want to look for include:*

"1) Shingles that are buckling, curling or blistering; this indicates the end of the shingles' life expectancy.

2) Loose material or wear around chimneys, pipes and other penetrations.

3) Excessive amounts of shingle granules in your gutters; granules give shingles added weight and protect them from ultraviolet rays."

Some people prefer to d their own gutter cleaning or basic shingle repair. Working on ladders is extremely dangerous, but if you are willing to proceed, it is worthwhile to take note of your current roof condition.

* Neither the NRCA nor 123ContractorQuotes encourages you to inspect your own roof.

Source: 123ContractorQuotes.com and the NRCA