Major insurance companies recommend having your roof professionally inspected annually and also after every major weather event. This includes any storm featuring unusually high winds, hail, sleet, snow, or extremely heavy rains. And while we here at Closing Contractor agree that’s a good idea, we know that often life gets in the way and sometimes it’s necessary to just check it yourself. Not sure what to look for? We’ve got you covered.
- Obviously if you see water spots or areas of discoloration on your interior ceilings you should immediately schedule an appointment with a roofing expert. If a visual inspection indicates damaged or lifted shingles, the area in question should be covered with a tarp to lessen the chances of further damage until a professional assessment can be made.
- Noticing plants, weeds or even a small tree growing in the gutters? When gutters don’t receive regular maintenance often seeds dropped by birds and squirrels, or by the wind, will begin to grow into plants. Birds also may build nests in neglected gutters causing damage to both the gutter, the roof membrane (if installed), and the surrounding shingles.
- Check for piles of leaves and/or moss and algae growth as these can cause considerable damage to a roof if not dealt with in a timely manner. Wet leaves trap moisture which can seep through the cracks between the shingles and eventually drip into the roof structure causing major damage. Moss acts like a sponge, soaking up moisture that can cause mold to grow on the wooden trusses eventually generating decay and rot that could jeopardize the roof’s structural integrity. Algae, while over time can cause problems, for the most part is simply visually unappealing.
- Pay attention to areas of curled shingles, asphalt granules in the gutters, cracked or broken shingle sections and the metal flashings to ensure they aren’t bent or open. Check the housing surrounding plastic roof vents and the joined seams on metal vents. These are all areas that if in need of attention can shorten the life of your roof and repairs are definitely less expensive than a complete roof replacement.
- Inspecting your roof also includes a trip to the attic. Using a flashlight look for water penetration around the rafters and areas of discoloration on the attic floor joists. This is also a good time to check for signs of rodent and pest presence and also examine the condition of the attic fans, vents and insulation. Then turn off all lights to see if sunlight is visible. Light at the eaves and gable end vents is normal, but sunlight anywhere else is not, and should be addressed as soon as possible.
Depending on your comfort level, a roof inspection can be a DIY job. Or if you prefer to remain on terra firma, then give Closing Contractor a call today at 864-326-2640 to schedule an appointment. You may also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply fill out our secure online form. Closing Contractor: here for all your home repair, maintenance and renovation needs.