How to Inspect Your Roof
In last week’s blog post, we learned why it is important that you inspect your roof twice a year: to catch problem areas before they become disaster areas. But, how exactly do you go about doing that and what do you look for?
- Find solid, level ground to place your ladder.
- Secure the ladder at the top to prevent slipping.
- For every 4 feet in eave height, angle the ladder back 1 foot. Extend the ladder 3 feet above the gutter line.
- Hold on with both hands while climbing the ladder.
- Stay on the ladder – don’t stand on the shingles!
What to Look For Outside:
- Buckling, curling or blistering shingles. These are signs that your shingles are at the end of their life.
- Missing shingles. You’ll want to get these replaced.
- Excess moss or lichen. The roof underneath masses of moss or lichen could be decaying.
- Standing water. This signals that the drainage system isn’t doing its job.
- Wear or cracking around chimneys, pipes, and vents, signaling the need for replacement.
- Cracked caulk or rust spots on flashings, which are the metal pieces throughout the roof that are located in areas where the slope or plane of the roof changes.
- An abundance of shingle granules in gutters. When your shingles are losing granules, they are essentially losing their sunscreen. These granules protect your shingles form ultraviolet light, so when they are lost, your shingles are susceptible to aging quicker.
Don’t Forget to Inspect Inside, Too:
- Go to your upper floor and look for leaks or water stains in the ceiling.
- Crawl into the attack and look for wet spots or rotting wood under the roof.
If you do find problem areas, or if your roof is getting older and showing signs of wear, it is recommended that you find a trained roofing professional to inspect your roof for problems not discernible to the untrained eye and provide feedback on any repairs that may be needed to keep your roof in tip-top shape.