As summer comes to an end, it creates the perfect opportunity for you to inspect your roof. The fall and winter seasons can cause any existing roof damage to worsen, creating serious problems for the roof and your home, not to mention your pocketbook. Luckily, if you take action now, you can prevent further damage to your roofing system later down the road. You can perform an inspection of your roof yourself, although it is still recommended to have a professional look at your roof at least once per year. Here are three things that you should be looking for during your inspection.

Missing Shingles

First, you will want to look on the roof for any missing or damaged shingles. If a seal is broken on the roof, water is going to get into your home, and you don't want this. If there are shingles that are cracked, missing, or damaged in any shape or form, this is an obvious sign that your roof is in dire need of repairs as soon as possible before further damage occurs.

Water Damage

As mentioned, when shingles are damaged or missing, water can seep through and enter your home. Unfortunately, this means interior damage to your home. This water damage can result in mildew, mold, and interior leaks. The only resolution that you have is to repair the damage that has occurred to the roof. The sooner that these repairs are performed, the less damage that must be repaired and less money that you will be out on repairs. Signs that you should be looking for include water spots, streaks, and mold on the ceiling and inside the attic.

Damage to/Debris in the Gutters

The last thing that you will want to check out is your gutters. You will want to pay close attention to your gutters and look for any signs of debris from your shingles as well as damage. Gutters play an important role in the overall success of your roofing system, as they assist in the diversion of water from the roof and away from the home's foundation. If you notice shingle debris in your gutters, this may be a sign that there is an issue with the shingles. If there is damage to your gutters, they will be unable to perform their job correctly, resulting in damage to the roof and potentially the foundation.

If you identify any issues during your inspection, you will want to consult with a roofing service for a more in-depth inspection and repairs.