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Performing routine maintenance on the roof can extend its usable life and prevent costly repairs. Many roofing contractors perform roofing inspections. Each one varies in regards to what is covered, the cost and whether there is an obligation to hire that contractor to repair what was found. Some reliable Sacramento roofing contractors offer a roofing maintenance plan to homeowners who are hesitant to climb a ladder themselves. Below are some common things that roofers look for when inspecting or maintaining a roof.

Cracked or missing caulk can lead to leaks. Because it must endure the sun's heat and UV rays, it often deteriorates and needs to be replaced every one to five years, depending on the type of caulk that was used.

Cracked, curled or buckled shingles are no longer able to keep water flowing over the roof's decking and can potentially be the beginning of some serious roof leaks. Replacing shingles individually as needed can save homeowners a great deal of money and hassle.

Shingles are sometimes blown off during severe weather. These shingles must be replaced immediately to prevent water from getting under the shingles and into the attic and to prevent the sun from damaging the roof's underlayment.

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Vent pipes are typically sealed against moisture by installing a rubber boot. These rubber boots often crack and become "sun rotted" and must be replaced periodically to ensure a leak free roof.

Flashing is used to guard every place where an opening is cut into a roof and to prevent leaks. Roofers will check the flashing to ensure that it has not corroded and that the sealant used to install it is still pliable and able to resist water. Deteriorated flashing is the most common cause of roofing leaks.

Neglected gutters are a preventable cause of many roofing problems. Clogged gutters prevent rain from flowing quickly away from the roof. This allows the water to saturate soffits and fascia boards and can cause them to rot. Some roofers clean gutters as part of a yearly maintenance program.

Moss and lichen growing on a roof may be a sign that the decking has deteriorated and needs to be replaced. This is especially true if these things are found in conjunction with a chronically clogged gutter.

Roofers will also inspect the gutter to see if there are any of the shingle's reflective granules collecting there. This could be a telltale sign that the shingles are at the end of their life cycle and need to be replaced.

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