Your home is built on a sturdy structure that comprises a roof, walls, and foundation. This structure has to remain intact and in good condition to keep you safe and protected from the elements. Don't wait for your roof to develop problems as it ages. Take a proactive approach to keeping your roof in quality condition for optimum protection and visual appeal.
Even a casual observation can identify basic problems with your home's roof. You might find broken shingles in the yard or notice a section of downspout is twisted or dented. Chimney bricks might signal a serious problem. Slight evidence might be just the tip of the iceberg. Take care of the issues you find and keep track of them for long-term consideration. If the problem continues, you will probably need to take the next step.
When you notice a seemingly small problem, don't let it wait. Take a closer look at your roof, the downspouts and gutters, and the chimney to see if you find a pattern of damage, especially after severe weather. It is a good idea to look at your roof following high winds, heavy rain, or melting snow for evidence of residual problems.
When your current roof is a few years old, schedule an inspection by qualified roofing contractors. They can locate and evaluate specific kinds of problems you might not be aware of. For example, a roofing contractor might find termite damage or a pest infiltration that you have not yet detected. They can spot minor problems or the start of a major issue before a homeowner would typically see it from the ground or notice the effects inside the home. Small problems can be readily addressed to keep your roof in good condition for years to come.
As your roof begins to age, and if problems are noted, you may want to update portions or sections of the roof to keep them strong and stable before major damage sets in. Deteriorating shingles can be torn or blown away in high winds or burrowed into more readily by wildlife and insect hordes. If you can match remaining shingles with replacements for the broken ones, you may be able to delay installing a new roof for a while.
It is easy to take your roof for granted when it does the job it should. But don't wait for big issues to develop. Check the roof periodically to catch and repair small problems, so they don't become big, more expensive problems.