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Although often neglected, the roof is one of the most important parts of a home. In order to keep it functioning properly and to extend its life span, it is important that homeowners provide the proper care and maintenance to their roofing system. According to Rockland County roofing experts, there are many steps homeowners can take to care for their roof.

Simply being aware of the age of the roof can help. Most asphalt shingle roofs have a life expectancy of approximately 20 to 30 years. As the 20-year mark approaches, homeowners should be aware that they may need to replace their roof at any time and be more diligent about watching for signs of wear and tear.

The condition of the roof's shingles can usually be assessed safely by using a pair of binoculars and standing on the ground. Homeowners should look for shingles that are missing or displaced as well as any shingles that seem to be curling, cracked or otherwise damaged. Shingles that are losing their granules, also known as balding, are also concerning. Homeowners should look in their gutters and also in areas where their downspouts empty out for a significant number of granules.

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This is a sign that the shingles have suffered damage or are nearing the end of their life span.

Also with binoculars, homeowners should take a closer look at the flashing around stack vents, chimneys and other areas. Flashing that appears to have come unsealed or has been displaced will need to be repaired as these are common areas for roofs to leak. In addition, any metal areas that have rust on them will need to be scrubbed with a wire brush and painted to protect the metal.

Homeowners should be sure that any branches from trees or bushes are cleared well away from the roof. These branches can become extremely mobile and heavy during a storm and potentially cause damage to the roof. Even in the absence of a storm, constant scraping day after day can cause damage. Branches near the roof can also make it more likely that a roof will face an animal or insect infestation.

In the event of any heavy snow, homeowners should be sure to clear away the snow from the roof. Although it may seem unlikely, snow can cause a roof to collapse, especially if it has not been well-maintained. Homeowners can hire professional snow removal teams or purchase a special snow removal tool at their local home improvement store.

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