The "out-of-sight, out-of-mind" attitude toward the condition of the roof could lead to hefty maintenance costs in the future, according to the National Roofing Contractors Association. To prevent this, homeowners should check the roof in spring and in fall and remove debris from gutters and downspouts. Curled shingles and loose materials could be a sign that the roof needs to be replaced, which should be done by a roofing contractor with a permanent place of business and a tax identification number, the organization advises.

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