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The roof is one of the most important components of any structure. Your roof is responsible for keeping water away from the inside frame of your home. While a do-it-yourself roof inspection can save you some headaches and expenses by catching problems early, it is important to understand that your roof should still be regularly inspected by your trusted Bergen County roofing contractors.

You can start your roof inspection by doing a visual inspection from the ground. While this may seem counter-intuitive, checking your property for any shingles that might have fallen on the ground can actually be a good indication right off the bat that your roof is in need of repairs. On your second trip around, you should look to see if your shingles appear to be buckling or curling, if there are any missing shingles or if your roof has moss or lichen growing on it. You'll also want to look for any rusted flashing or cracked caulk as well.

Once you've done a ground inspection, the next step is to inspect your roof from the inside of your home. You'll be specifically looking for any potential roof leaks that could cause water damage and mold to grow inside your home.

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You should be on the lookout for any damp spots on the ceiling or for any peeling paint under roof overhangs.

If you have access to your attic, you can then inspect your roof from the inside for any missing shingles. You'll be able to tell if your roof is in need of repairs if you see light shining through. This indicates that your roof has holes and is at risk for causing leaks.

If you are comfortable getting up on a ladder, the next step is to inspect your roof up close. It is important to remember to never lean your ladder against your property's gutters as this can cause damages. Further, having a friend to help hold the ladder steady is always advisable. You'll want to do as much inspection from your ladder as possible, as walking on your roof shingles is both dangerous for you and can cause expensive damage.

Once you can see your roof more clearly, you'll want to look for any dry rot, decay, buckling or spots that are missing shingles. Take a look at the flashing to ensure that there is no damage. Finally, clear away any debris from the gutters and look for asphalt granules in the gutters. If you see these granules, that means that your roof could simply be wearing out and may need to be replaced.

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