Inspect the gutter systems to make sure they are not clogged with branches, leaves, or other debris, especially if you have large trees surrounding your home. This is important to ensure that rain water has a way off of the roof. If the water is left standing on the roof, there is an increased likelihood of leaking.
You should also make sure that gutters are fastened properly and are tight and secure so that they don’t cause overflow and build-up or fall off the fascia board. Leaking water can end up causing damage not just to your roof, but to your interior walls, as well.
Checking the valleys of the roof is also a good idea to ensure that they are also free and clear of debris that can add weight to the roof and also act as a barrier to rain. Leaks frequently occur in the valleys so make sure they are well protected by a proper roofing system.
One of the most common causes for roofing leaks is due to problems with flashing. Flashing is the aluminum or metal material hat is used in roof to wall transitions over joints to prevent water from seeping in and causing damage. Metal flashing should also be used around roof vents, pipes, skylights, and chimneys. Flashings can be loosened or torn by high winds and heavy rains, so inspect the areas annually.
Lastly, you should walk around to carefully inspect the shingles/tiles on the roof – look for curling edges in shingles, missing shingles or tiles or damage from birds, rodents, or squirrels.
You’re probably well advised not to actually get on your roof, especially if tile as you are likely to crack tiles as you move about on them.
If you do have concerns about your roof or would prefer to have a professional inspect your roof, let us know and we’ll put you in contact with a good roofing contractor.