The Basic Home Maintenance Series
A twice-yearly roof inspection (or anytime after a severe storm) is a necessary tool in preventing costly repairs and complete replacements. Your roof is one of the major components of your home that provides a barrier to water infiltration.
How often? Every Six Months
When? Spring and Fall
Estimated Cost? $0.00
Time Commitment? 1 Hour
See anything unusual, damaged, or out of place? Contact a professional for an inspection.
Step 1: Walk around your home’s exterior, inspecting the roof from the ground for signs of damage, sagging, and aging. Take notes of any possible problem areas or areas in need of closer inspection.
Step 2: Identify areas with moss, algae, and piles of leaves – these areas are notorious for causing costly leaks and water damage.
Step 3: Keep your eye out for buckled and curled shingles! Hot air from attics often causes shingles to buckle and curl away from the home, putting your roof and home at great risk for weather damage and poor roof ventilation.
Step 4: Look for missing, damaged, and aged shingles – this is the leading cause of roof damage. When you take the time to inspect your roof, you can catch minor issues like these before they turn into major issues followed by serious damage. Missing shingles = direct exposure to inclement weather, plus, they are an eyesore!
Step 5: It is so important to clean your gutters and roof overhangs and maintain your downspouts! As you’re performing these essential tasks, make note of open joins and signs of rot, as those are typical indicators of larger issues.
Step 6: Look closely for granule loss (texture on shingles). Granule loss indicates that shingles have aged or have been affected by severe weather, and are no longer protecting your home against damaging storms. If your shingles don’t have a texture on them anymore, replace them!
Step 7: Does your home have an attic? If not, skip this step! If your home does have an attic, look for signs of water penetration under the roof.
A roof inspection is a simple task and can save you thousands in repair costs! Get started today.