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(NEWS CENTER) - You've heard of "Angie's List" right? The web site that features consumer reviews of service providers like handymen, mechanics, and contractors.

Well, we here at NEWS CENTERare teaming up with Angie's List to bring you weekly consumer reports that will help you maintain and protect one of your biggest investments, your home and property.

This morning we tackle something very timely given all the rain and snow, and fluctuating temperatures we've had over the last several months.. How to spot... Or better yet, prevent... A leaky roof.

Matt Cairns checked out his finished attic after a hard rain and noticed water stains around the skylight.

He knew it was going to be a problem he would have to address, but it turned out to be even more urgent than he thought.

Matt Cairns says:"The next night it rained hard again and I came up here and the spot had gotten way worse. I was able to just stick my fingers right through the drywall. Then I knew I needed to get some attention on this pretty quickly."

Your roof is your home's number one defense against the elements. So when it needs fixing there's no time to waste.

Your roof is your home's number one defense against the elements. So when it needs fixing there's no time to waste.

In fact, it's best to try to catch any problems even before you see the signs from inside your home.

Angie Hicks says "Inspecting your roof regularly will help you determine if there are leaks from your roof. You want to be sure to check a leak and fix it as quickly as possible because if you don't it can lead to structural damage in your home and also mold which can turn into a costly repair."

When it comes to your roof and leaks, Angie's List says there are four signs to look out for.

"In a roof inspection you should look for four common problems on your roof. Curling shingles, broken shingles, missing flashing, and areas where water may be pooling on your roof."

Roofing Company Operations Manager Justin Vorbroker says:

"Regularly scheduled maintenance is very important on a roof. General roof lifespan can be 25 to 30 years. But you need to get someone out there every 5 years of so just to make sure your roof is ok, you're not missing any shingles you didn't notice or missing any granule loss."

If your roof does spring a leak, again, act quickly to get it fixed but avoid settling on the first contractor who comes along.

If your roof does spring a leak, again, act quickly to get it fixed but avoid settling on the first contractor who comes along.

Angie says:"Keep in mind when hiring a roofing contractor you want to have a reputable company, someone who is going to stand behind it. Your roof will last a long time so you don't want someone working on it who is not going to be able to stand behind their work so if you find after a storm someone coming door-to-door say no. Go do your research and hire a company on your own."

Roofer Justin Vorbroker says shingles are manufactured with extra granules and you'll have granule loss over time... but if you see more granules than normal on the ground after a storm, that is cause for concern.

For more information: http://www.angieslist.com/roofing/

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