Tips To Inspect Your Roof

Posted on: 28 September 2017

Roof inspections is something you should do often as a homeowner in order to prevent unnecessary water damage to your home. Damage that goes unnoticed can result in water leaks, which can damage your walls and ceiling of your home, as well as your belongings. If you aren't sure what you're looking for, read on for some helpful tips to inspect your roof properly.

Take A Step Back

Step back away from your home and inspect your roof from the road or from the edge of your yard. Take a walk all the way around your home to inspect the roof from far away. You're looking for missing shingles, shiny areas (indicating missing granules) and any warping of your roof or wet spots (which may indicate water damage). Also look for any shingles that may be peeling upwards. 

Look Around The Perimeter

Next, take a look around the perimeter of your house near your downspouts and below your gutters. You may notice granules on sidewalks, in your mulch, or coming from the downspouts, which indicates a loss of granules from asphalt shingles. This means your shingles may not be protecting your roof as they should.

Get Up Onto The Roof

Take a ladder and use it to get up onto the roof (with the assistance of a helper). Take a walk around the roof carefully checking for soft spots and inspecting the shingles further for damage, shingles that are sliding out of place and other issues with your roof. If you feel a soft spot, don't attempt to walk across the roof. Call a professional right away to have your roof inspected further before any more damage occurs.

Look Inside The Attic

If you have issues with the roof and shingles, you could have some water damage inside your attic. Get up into your attic and take a look around during the day. Check for any light coming in through the ceiling of the attic, indicating areas where water could potentially come in. Look for any water markings on the beams of your attic, on the walls and floor beams as well. Also feel for any wet insulation.

If you notice any of these issues with your roof, it's important to contact a professional roofer to have it inspected further. If you have water damage, your roof should be replaced. Smaller issues such as slipping shingles or missing shingles may need to just be replaced, which can be a fairly quick repair that you could do yourself. If your roof is older than 15 years and you notice water damage or warping, it may be best to have the roof replaced altogether.

For more information, contact a business such as Wayne Siding & Home Improvements.