You should have a roof inspection done at least twice a year, and after every storm or severe weather event. The two most common causes of water damage in the home come from flooded basements and leaky roofs.
Roof inspections determine the integrity of a roof, how long it may last, and when it will need to be replaced. Roof inspectors have special procedures wherein they can determine the lifespan of a given roof without tearing into it or find any potential problems that could damage your investment.
Here are six steps to inspect your roof:
Step 1: GROUND INSPECTION
Inspect your roof from the ground for signs of damage, sagging, and aging by walking around your home’s exterior. Identify areas with moss, algae, and piles of leaves – these areas are notorious for causing costly leaks and water damage. Take good notes of any possible problem areas, or areas in need of closer inspection.
Step 2: SHINGLES
Shingles talk! Keep your eye out for buckled and curled shingles which are affected by hot air from attics. This can put your roof and home at great risk for weather damage and poor roof ventilation. Also, look for missing, damaged, and aged shingles. This is the leading cause of roof damage. Once a shingle is removed from the roof it is directly exposed to inclement weather and they cosmetically are unappealing.
Step 3: GUTTERS
Clean your gutters and roof overhangs on a regular basis to avoid any roofing issues. Make sure you maintain your downspouts too. Make note of open joins and signs of rot, as these can be indicators of larger issues.
Step 4: GRANULE LOSS
Look closely for granule loss (texture on shingles). Granule loss on your shingles show signs of age or severe weather damage and they are no longer protecting your home against damaging storms. If the texture is gone, you need to replace them.
Step 5: COUNTER FLASHING
Inspect your counter flashing while on top of your roof. A metal, waterproof strip installed over areas in need of additional moisture protection is counter flashing. Look for damaged, cracked, and shrinking sealant around the edges of the counter flashing. Your roof and attic will be highly-vulnerable to water damage if the seal has deteriorated.
Step 6: ATTIC
If your home has an attic, look for signs of water penetration under the roof.
Keep monitoring roof especially after severe weather to ensure you keep your home safe and secure.
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