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Madison roofing professionals know that a properly maintained shingle roof can last for 25 years or more. A slate, tile or copper roof that is properly maintained can last a lifetime. Replacing a roof is very expensive. However, by keeping up with proper maintenance and repair, homeowners can get a long service lifespan from the roof.

Inspection is the first step of roof maintenance. It is recommended that homeowners have their roofs inspected during the fall and the spring. During the fall, leaves and other debris should be removed from the roof and gutters. During the spring, homeowners will want to check for damage that results from ice damning. It is also a good idea to check a roof after heavy winds or a major storm.

Checking the flashing can prevent leaks. Flashing is designed to cover a hole in the roofing material. For this reason, they are a prime target for leaks. It is good to inspect the flashing that is located around the vent, chimneys and exhaust pipes. Look for signs of corrosion, punctures and sealant that has become dried out or loosened.

Tree branches pose a serious danger to a roof. They are hazardous because they may break off during a snowstorm or as the result of heavy winds or ice accumulation.

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Additionally, the debris that they create creates pockets of moisture on a roof that can encourage fungal growth.

During a roof inspection, homeowners should look for damage caused by animals. Squirrels, raccoons and birds are eager to make a home under the roof if given the opportunity. If parts of the roof like the soffits have become weakened by wood rot, they will be easily accessible to wildlife. Termites and carpenter ants will also dig into these areas. A telltale sign of an insect infestation is shredded wood, sawdust or insect feces.

In addition to looking on the roof for signs of damage, it is a good idea to look around the home for evidence of damage. This is especially the case after a heavy storm with strong winds. Homeowners may see pieces of broken shingles or roofing material on the ground. If this is the case, they should closely inspect the roof to see where the missing shingles are from and have them replaced.

A good inspection would include visiting the attic. This is where a homeowner will likely see the first sign of a leak before it becomes serious. They should look for signs of streaks or staining on the walls as well as evidence that water may have leaked in around the chimney and vents. Soft spots in the wood and other indications of animal or insect infestation should also be investigated.

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