Knowing when to call in a roofer and seek repairs can save you money on the cost of repairing the damage water infiltration or roofing failure brings. Below are eight ways to check on the overall condition of your roof.
1. Step Back and Visually Inspect
Many roof problems can be spotted from the ground by backing up until the entire roof is in your line of vision. It might be difficult to see individual shingle problems from a distance, but you can easily see areas that are bowed, droopy, or leaning.
2. Look for Signs of Damage
Have you found parts of broken shingles, or can you see loose and curled shingles? Spots on the roof are also a good indication that you have water leaking into the home. Look for signs of hail damage after severe storms.
3. Make Sure the Flashing Is Present and Intact
Metal flashing on the roof can warp, become loose or detached, corroded or be missing altogether. It leaves joints and openings for vents or chimneys open for water damage. Make sure you have a roofer replace any missing or damaged flashing, no matter how small the amount.
4. Check for the Presence and Condition of Roof Ventilation
Roof ventilation can be found at the top in finished attics and located along the gables in unfinished attic spaces. It keeps the temperature moderated and the moisture levels under control. Without adequate ventilation, you’ll have all types of roof problems begin.
5. Inspect the Ridge Beam for Stability
The ridge beam is the major structural support for the roof. Any instability, leaning, or movement in this portion of the roof will need to be repaired by a professional roofer. Be careful when checking this, especially if any part seems loose.
6. Check the Interior of the Roof and Look for Signs of Leaks
Stains from water leaks are apparent, even on bare wood. The wood will look darker or grey in spots. Check the attic space during a heavy rain and you might be able to see a leak in real-time. Have any and all roof leaks repaired. You may consider consulting with Cherry and Clark to learn more.
7. Are Aging Shingles Covering More than Two Layers of Materials?
The building codes of most areas demand that no more than two layers of shingles be placed on the roof without complete removal and replacement. If you can see several layers of material lurking under your aging shingles, prepare for the full cost of removal and new roofing installation.
8. Closely Inspect the Sun-Facing Roofing
Parts of the roof that spend a majority of the day with full sun exposure will be the first to experience materials failure. The rays of the sun begin to break down the integrity of the material. Check hese areas first and with a keen eye.
Taking a few moments to inspect your roofing periodically can reveal repair issues before you end up with extensive damages.