Roof resources to prevent long term damage

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The roof of a home is one of the most important components to the structure, yet it often goes without care until an emergency. That's why a national organization is taking a week to put the roof at the forefront.

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) is hosting National Roofing Week July 6-12. The goal is to educate the public about the importance of a roof and regular maintenance.

Most roofs last 20 years or more, but experts say to get the full potential from the structure, routine upkeep is necessary. Experts recommend hiring a professional to replace a roof or for serious work because of the risk associated with it. The Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) now requires roofers to wear harnesses among other regulations.

There are simple tasks homeowners can do themselves to prevent major damage in the future. One of the easiest prevention tools is checking the gutters.

"Gutter cleaning is a fairly basic thing to do but it's important," said Bill Good, the Executive Vice President with the National Roofing Contractors Association.

"Our recommendation is it makes sense twice a year to have your roof looked at. Once would be in the fall before winter," said Good. "Then we recommend you take a look after the winter, in the spring, to see if there is any damage that has been done."

For more roof resources and to learn about National Roofing Week, click here to visit the NRCA website.