How do you maintain a roof? Well, the first step is simply to check up on it as often as possible, especially after a heavy storm or high winds. The good news is that you don’t have to clamber up a ladder to get a good look at your roof. Instead, all you need is a good pair of binoculars to see any potential problems.

Here’s what you should look for when inspecting your roof yourself:

• Missing shingles
• Curling shingles
• Cracked shingles
• Peeling flashing
• Missing granules

Any of the above signs of damage should be looked at as soon as possible, preferably by a professional roofing contractor who can safely make the necessary repairs.