Performing a proper roof inspection as part of your monthly home maintenance checklist is extremely beneficial to the integrity and lifespan of your roof. Performing a roof inspection on your own is a lot easier than you think. Although, we do still recommend you hire a roofing professional for yearly inspections, as they can get down to the nitty-gritty details of your home?s roof.
Read on for how to perform a proper roof inspection.
From The Ground Up
When inspecting your roof, start from the ground. Begin the inspection by walking around the perimeter of your home and looking for any loose tiles, shingles, or possible leaking areas. Use binoculars for seeing up to the highest points of your roof and the most hidden crevices. Once you have the basis of your roof?s condition, you can go on your roof more prepared.
Inspect The Gutters
You may not know this, but you gutters are crucial elements to your roof?s health and even the foundation of your home. Without proper gutter function, you sacrifice the integrity of your home. Clogged gutters, loose or hanging gutters, and especially missing gutters can cause a whole host of problems. Gutters prevent mold and mildew growth, leaks, foundation issues, and prevent costly replacements and repairs.
Clear your gutters of any debris, make sure they are installed properly, and if they have any holes or leaks, patch them. These are all simple fixes and can be done yourself. If you come across a more serious repair, hire a roof repair expert.
Grab a Ladder
Now that you?ve taken care of the issues on the ground, you can head up to the roof with more ideal expectations. Take the proper safety precautions when working on your roof. Once you?ve made it on your roof safely, document the areas that need repair. If they are simple fixes and you?re a handyman, go ahead and take care of it. If you come across more detrimental roof problems, contact a roofing contractor.
Here are some things you should look for when inspecting your home?s roof:
- Cracks in caulking
- Damages or rusting to the flashing
- Loose, broken, or missing shingles
- Damaged shingles or tiles
- Formation of mold, mildew, or any kind of algae
- Any signs of a roof leak
While performing your roof inspection, you are likely to find surface damages. These surface damages can be signs of an underlying problem, which is why even the most minor problems should always be dealt with. If you suspect even the tiniest complication, take care of it as soon as possible. This will prevent costly roof repairs and even replacement and will save you a whole lot of headache.
Take notes of anything that peaks your curiosity and hire a roofing professional to take a closer look. This way, they are able to inspect the deeper rooted problems.
Proper roof inspection should be a priority of yours. Your roof is one of your biggest investments, take care of it wisely. If you come across any issues during your roof inspection, hire a roofing expert like Aastro Roofing to take care of your home. Our family is dedicated to protecting yours. Call us today for a free estimate. (561) 409-3280