Knowing when it’s time to get a professional roof inspection isn’t always obvious. A lot of things can happen in the year between regularly scheduled inspections and many small problems often grow larger if not found promptly. So while it’s likely the once a year inspections are enough, it’s still a good idea to at least look for some of the more obvious signs of damage every now and then, especially after a big weather event, it could save you thousands!
Performing a self-inspection doesn’t have to be dangerous, as no one expects Joe or Suzy Homeowner to get on a roof,especially with older roofs and after strong storms. You can actually see quite a bit without needing a ladder or safety equipment!
Perform an interior inspection simply by checking your ceiling in all your rooms and closets and if you have attic access, checking up there with a flashlight can tell you even more. Look for:
1) Any sagging areas
2) Active leaks or signs that an area is leaking
3) Dark spots
4) Light seeping through the roof.
Make note of any damage you find, and head outdoors. Walking around outside, look at the exterior, noting things like damaged flashing, buckled, missing, blistering, rotting or curled shingles and algae growth.
5) Look as close as you can at the shingles at the edges and other areas you can see of your roof, look for cracking, bald, crooked or missing, shingles.
6) Look around for loose material on the ground or noticeable wear around the chimneys, pipes and vents, where visible.
7) Inspect the bottom of the gutter downspouts looking for excessive shingle granules or pieces as this is a sign of wear.
8) Examine the drainage system itself, checking that gutters and downspouts are properly attached and free and clear of debris.
9) Look for signs of moisture, mold/fungi, or rot. Don’t just check damaged areas as water will travel from the damaged area to other parts of the roof causing mold, fungi, and bacteria growth within 48 hours of exposure.
10) Make sure ventilation from interior rooms such as the bathroom, kitchen, or other high humidity areas go directly outside and not into your attic.
A professional roof inspection is warranted if you notice any of these issues. The good news is, in many cases, a new roof isn’t always the answer! There are many factors to consider when deciding repairs vs new roof and having a professional roof contractor perform a full inspection and take the time to explain your options will give you all the answers you need.