When was the last time you inspected the roof for potential damage? Be honest! Many people rarely ever inspect their roof until they suspect that there might be something wrong with it. However, you are not alone, most people only really take their roof and its issues seriously when it springs a leak, but it is often too late by then. The repairs are expensive, and if you don’t have insurance, then it’s a bill that’s worse than a bitter pill!
We recommend that homeowners inspect their roof at least twice a year, especially after a storm or other severe weather events. If you don’t want to call a professional, it is possible to conduct a roof inspection on your own. However, just keep in mind that you might miss somethings that a professional would otherwise be able to pick up on. That said, it’s better than not inspecting your roof at all.
Below we will go into how to inspect your roof and if you spot any issues, makes sure to call a professional.
Take a Walk Around
You will want to start by taking a walk around the outside of your home. Inspect the roof from below to see if there is any sign of damage. If you see that parts of the roof is aging and sagging, then you might have a problem on your hands. However, make sure to take notes of all the areas you think are problematic so that you can inspect them in more detail later.
Identify Sections of the Roof with Water Damage
Water damage is relatively easy to identify. If you see parts of the roof where leaves or moss and algae has accumulated, that’s a sure sign of water damage. Water damage, if not addressed in time, can end up springing a major leak. You will want to make a note of these areas so that a roofing company can address these issues.
Watch Out for Curled and Buckling Shingles
As you continue to inspect the roof, you will want to watch out for shingles that are either curling or buckling. Usually, it is hot air that rises from the attic that causes the shingles to curl and buckle, which puts your roof at significant risk of extensive weather damage and may compromise ventilation too. The sooner problems like these are addressed, the more money you will save in the long term.
Look for Signs of Damage
Aged, damaged, and missing shingles is a sign of damage. Now, if these leading causes of roof damage aren’t addressed in time, they can lead to more extensive damage. When inspecting your roof, you will want to look closely for these otherwise minor issues and make a note of them too. If you see missing shingles, then those need to be replaced right away because it can lead to weather damage. Furthermore, missing shingles are an eyesore.
Inspect and Clean Gutters
It is imperative that you inspect and clean the gutters, as well as the roof overhangs. Make sure that the gutters are in good condition. If you see signs of leaks and rot, it’s usually an indication of a much larger issue, and in our opinion, you need to get it looked at by a professional.
You will want to look very closely for granule loss. Usually, granule loss will indicate that your shingles are older than they should be, or they have been destroyed by all the bad weather lately. Regardless, they can’t protect your home any longer against the weather. In other words, if the shingles don’t appear to have a texture on them, they have to be replaced right away!
Check the Attic
If you have an attic, it needs to be checked too. However, go into the attic and check for signs of water penetrating through the roof. If you see damp spots, then call a professional right away.
What To Do After a Roof Inspection?
After the inspection, review your findings. If you spot potential issues or areas of major concern, then contact a roofing contractor right away. Working proactively can save you a lot of money even though it requires a bit of extra work on your part.
We hope you have enjoyed this article on how to inspect your roof for roofing damage. If you need help with your roof, you can contact us here and we’ll see how we can help.