Roof system maintenance is often the most neglected area of a roof management program and the single most important factor (after proper installation) for determining the life span and cost of a roof system. Replacing a roof is neither cheap nor easy. But staying ahead of little problems that can lead to much bigger problems down the road can help you avoid spending your hard-earned money in repairs.

Here are a few routine steps you can take to help prevent problems and extend the life of your roof:

Engage in annual inspections

Your roof may look fine from the ground, but pinhole leaks hidden from view can cause extensive water damage over time. Annual roofing inspections and other forms of preventative care can go a long way toward helping you avoid major problems with your roof.

Check their credentials

Always make the effort to contact references and check credentials. Unfortunately, there are always those who are willing to take advantage of property owners. An established roofing company should have plenty of customers who can testify to the company’s professionalism and quality of work.