As your home’s first line of defense against the elements, your roof endures a lot of wear and tear. It’s important to do a yearly visual inspection as part of your home maintenance routine. Since walking on your roof can be dangerous it is recommended that you perform your visual inspection from a properly secured ladder, by looking out of an upper story window, or from the ground with a pair of binoculars.
Start your inspection with the shingles. Look for shingles that are missing or loose, or show signs of heavy wear. These are considered weak points where water can penetrate your roofing and cause leaks.
After an inspection of your singles, check the flashing. Flashing is pieces of metal, rubber, or plastic that roofers install to waterproof breaks in your roof plane. Flashing is commonly found at dormers, chimneys, & exhaust vents. Note any loose, missing or cracked flashing as this can spell waterproofing trouble. Learn more about flashing on our blog.
Finally, inspect your attic for leaks. A good time to check is after a rainstorm. Look for water stains, wet framing, or wet insulation. These are all indications that your roof may have a leak.
If you notice trouble signs during ANY part of the inspection process, you should schedule a roof inspection with a credentialed roofing contractor. Make sure your roofing contractor is credentialed, licensed and insured.
Remember – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – so check your roof at least once a year – preferably twice – to keep your home happy and healthy!