We can’t even begin to tell you the number of people who put off regular roof inspections; as a homeowner, regular inspections and roof maintenance should be near the top of your chore list. Unfortunately, neglecting your roofing system can compromise the longevity and safety of your property!
In this brief guide, we’ll walk you through the essential steps of a professional roof inspection so you can feel well-equipped to protect the structural integrity of your home.
What Goes Into a Professional Roofing Inspection?
A professional roofing inspection involves meticulously evaluating your roof’s condition to detect any potential problems that may compromise its performance. Let’s look at a few critical components of a thorough roof inspection.
Clear Any Debris from the Roof
As with any inspection, starting with a clean slate is key. Start by clearing out any debris from your roof’s surface, such as leaves, branches, or dirt. Debris has a dangerous habit of accumulating over time and creating drainage problems, which can lead to leaks or structural damage.
Beyond drainage issues, debris like leaves and branches can surprisingly build up quite significantly over time. When it builds up in valleys or behind skylights, it can cause a leak. If it builds up inside a gutter it can cause water to bak up behind the gutter, rot the board and cause the gutter to fall off. Be proactive and clear your roof of any debris after a storm or high winds.
Inspect for Damages with Roofing Materials
Once your roof looks clean and clear, you can inspect the different elements for signs of wear and tear. Read about some common signs of damage below!
Loose or Cracked Shingles, Missing Granules, Sagging Spots, etc.
The elements you’ll need to examine will depend on your roofing material. If you have shingles, check if any are loose or cracked. Though it may not seem like it, these broken pieces have a high potential of allowing moisture to seep into your home.
Loose shingles can sometimes lay flat after the wind has blown them up. So you’ll want to keep a close eye out for creases in the shingles that indicate the shingles were once bent significantly. Normally there will be substantial granule loss along the crease.
Lastly, check for sagging spots. These can be a major cause for concern, as they can indicate serious structural issues! If you notice any areas where the roof seems to dip or sag, address the issue immediately to prevent further damage.
Moss or Algae Growth
At first glance, moss and algae look pretty harmless. However, if left to their own accord, they can trap moisture against your roof, deteriorating the materials underneath. Similar to debris, if you spot moss or algae on your roof, get it cleaned as fast as possible. Consider hiring a professional cleaner if it’s difficult to remove on your own in order to keep your roof in good condition.
Check the Roof's Eaves, Flashing, Chimney, and Skylights
Inspect the eaves, flashing, chimney, and skylights for any signs of damage or decay. Your eaves are more susceptible to high winds so there might be loose shingles. Flashing around pipes and along walls can sometimes degrade faster than the roofing material itself. As for your chimney, look for loose bricks, damaged mortar, or cracked chimney caps. Lastly, examine the roof’s skylights if you have them. You’ll want to look for any exposed nails in the flashing, debris or if the seal looks broken.
Ensure the Gutters and Downspouts are Functioning Correctly
Your gutters and downspouts play a crucial role in channeling water away from your roof and foundation, so making sure they’re functioning correctly and free of debris is key. One of the biggest causes of roofing trouble is damaged or clogged gutters, as they often lead to roof leaks and water damage. Or worse, the gutter could fall off if not regularly cleaned.
Check the Home's Attic for Proper Ventilation and Possible Leaks
Of course, remember to inspect your attic! With adequate ventilation, you can prevent unwanted moisture buildup. In turn, you’ll protect the longevity of your roof!
FAQs About Roof Inspections
Below are some common asked questions that our team of roofers get while out in the field.
How Often Should I Get My Roof Inspected?
The answer to how often you need roof inspections depends on a number of factors, including the location of your home, the age of your roof, and weather conditions. For the most part, we recommend our clients have their roofs inspected at least once every 5-years, unless your roof is over 20-years old, at which point you might need it more often. However, if you live in an area with severe weather, such as heavy storms or extreme temperatures, more frequent inspections may be necessary.
Additionally, if your home has recently gone through a storm or drastic weather event, it’s a good idea to have your roof inspected to assess potential damage.
How Much Does a Professional Roof Inspection Cost?
If you have damage that you are ready to fix, then most likely there will be no charge. If you need a routine inspection without the prior knowledge of damage, there will most likely be a charge. The cost of a professional roof inspection can vary based on several variables, including the size and complexity of your roof, your location, and the roofing company you choose. It’s a small price to pay compared to the potential cost of neglecting your roof’s maintenance and having to pay thousands in repairs! When you invest in regular inspections, you can identify and address issues early on to save you money in the long run.
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