Prevention is the best course of action for your roof and developing a preventative plan is vital to the longevity of your roof.
Your maintenance system should begin with regular seasonal inspections performed by an experienced roofer.
The roofing inspections should occur preferably twice per year, but at least once per year.
If you have your inspections in both the spring and fall months, you will find that you will identify any roofing problems, damages or deteriorations that are present.
A roofing inspection by a qualified roofer is the most effective step in your maintenance plan.
In addition to regular roofing inspections, you should also make sure that your gutters are cleaned and draining regularly. If your gutters become clogged, excess moisture and water will build up on your roof and can cause serious deterioration, mold, mildew and fungus growth.
If you notice any loose, curling, split or damaged shingles, you should have them repaired or replaced immediately by a professional roofer. Damaged shingles signify that you are very close to having water leaking in your roof. Because shingles can outlast the nails have your roofing contractor regularly inspect the condition of the nails that hold the shingles together as well.
Finally, maintenance of your roof system must include the structural elements. You can do this yourself by going into your attic and visually inspect the condition of the trusses and rafters, looking for any signs of leakage, damage or decay.