In order to properly take care of your home or business, inspecting the roof becomes an essential process. If you miss out on some of the common signs of roof damage, it can grow in size and make the repair more costly.
Roof inspection should not be done annually. It is something you should do at least twice in a year and whenever a storm hits your area. Remember, the sooner you will catch the problem the lesser will be the cost of fixing it.
The inspection can be either carried out by a residential roofing company or can be done by you. If you want to DIY the job, just follow these simple steps:
1.Take a walk around the house and look for any signs of roof damage, sagging or aging. Identify the areas that need attention and take a closer look at it.
2.Look for areas on your roof or in your gutter system where you see a lot of moss, algae or leaves. If it is there, it can cause water damage.
3.Buckled and curled shingles can be a sign of greater roof damage. There are two major reasons responsible for this; first – poor ventilation of the attic, second – moisture in the underlayment and roof decking.
4.Also look for missing, damaged or aged shingles. If a piece of shingle on your roof is missing, it can render your house vulnerable to weather damage.
5.See if there are any open joints or sagging in the gutter lines. Clean out the gutters, make sure there’s no clogging.
6.Inspect the flashing. Flashing is a waterproof strip, usually made from metal. It helps in keeping out moisture. Look for any cracks or leaks around the edges of the flashing. Make sure the seal is intact and leak-proof.
7.Look at the top of your chimney. Does it look cracked? If yes, you will need a repair.
8.Take a look at the nails and see if there’s any protrusion.
9.If you have an attic, check for leaks and drips. Also, see if there’s any discoloration on the ceiling.
10.In case you have had some repairs in the recent past, look for the condition of the previous repairs.
– Use binoculars if walking on the roof looks risky.
– Be very careful while using the ladder and especially while descending down the ladder from the roof surface.
– No matter how easy you think it is, it is not recommended that you climb a roof that is 6/12 or greater i.e. 6 feet rise for each 12 feet lateral travel.
– Beware of any overhead electrical wires. They can be very dangerous.
– Do not walk on wet and mossy shingles.
After the inspection is over, take some time to evaluate the condition of your roof. Remember that a smart homeowner is the one who is pro-active and fixes problems before it aggravates and becomes a disaster. If you see any problem with your roof, contact a good roofing company and get is fixed without any delay.