The roof on your home is the first line of defense against the elements of nature, such as high winds, sleet, heavy rain, and snow. Conducting a complete inspection each spring can help avoid costly problems later on. Look for these signals that indicate your roof is not properly protecting your home:

A home inspection should start with checking for leaks in the attic. This can occur and be most obvious after heavy rains. You should also walk through each room of the house and inspect the walls and ceilings. Ceiling spots can be a warning sign your roof needs repairs. And peeling of interior or exterior paint or wallpaper, sometimes from excessive moisture or high humidity, can be a sign of possible poor attic ventilation. If more ventilation is needed, it can be pretty easy and inexpensive to install-even if you don’t need a new roof.

The most common leak source on the outside of your home includes cracks in flashing around the chimney and vents, or worn-out, decayed or missing shingles. Check your gutters for debris, including particles in the gutter. If you find an excessive amount of particles, it may indicate aging shingles that should be replaced. While up there you should check for any missing, cracked or curled shingles. These need to be replaced quickly to avoid damage to your roof and the interior of your home. If any shingles are blistered or decayed they need to be replaced, too.

If you find any of these problems and need repairs, the first and most important step to take is to find a competent roofing company.

Poorly installed or constructed roofs waste Canadian homeowners billions of dollars every year. Most risks can be avoided with professional roofing that’s correctly installed, maintained and/or repaired.

Trusted Pros offers access to a database of certified, prequalified roofing contractors. Most contractors are licensed, insured and pledged to work on the homeowner’s roof as if it were it’s own.