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How to Inspect Your Own Roof

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There are some things a savvy property owner will understand to keep everything about their home in top-notch condition.  First of all – get to know your home, from top to bottom, and especially your roof.  After all, it’s your “other foundation!”

A smart homeowner would never think of tackling major repairs or even the minor ones, for that matter.  But, there are some things you should do yourself to prevent minor issues from becoming bigger ones and cost WAY more than it should.  So, some prevention goes a long way to prevent damage to your home and the contents inside.

All year long it’s a good idea to look over your roof, but especially in the spring and summer season.  If you wait until the fall or winter, chances are you’re not going outside as much and won’t notice if things need attention, especially when leaves begin to fall and cover some of your roofs.  Just be wise and proactive and save yourself big headaches!

When Should You Perform a Basic Inspection of Your Roof?

Perform a visual roof inspection of your roof at least twice – in late spring and then again in late summer or early fall. Also, take a hard look after you’ve had any kind of weather that would cause concern, such as high winds, hail, an ice storm or heavy rains.

Other signs you should never ignore are if you notice a leak anywhere in your home, mildew on your walls or ceiling, or a musty smell somewhere that you can’t identify the source of that odor. And it goes without saying…if your roof is getting some age on it, you should be extra vigilant, particularly if your warranty is close to ending.

What to Look For

  1. The Surface of Your Roof

Look for shingles or tiles that are loose, curled, or appear to have lost some of the “granulation.” Also, be aware of any moss, mold, or standing water.  Is there any debris that needs to be removed, such as tree limbs that have fallen onto your roof? Take your phone with you and make some pictures for reference.  A notebook to write in would be a good idea, too.

  1. Flashing

Look for any corrosion, splitting, or any other seeming damages in the flashing (the metal pieces that are placed around the chimney location, dormers, and vents).

Defective flashing will let in rain and snow, resulting in rot unless you take care of this immediately!

  1. The Overhang Area of Your Roof

If you see cracking and peeling paint on the wooden overhang, this could be a sign of moisture coming from somewhere and you should call in a roof professional.

  1. Gutters

Keeping your gutters clean is not just to make things look good; it’s critical in the health of your roof and your home.  For one thing, if you notice certain materials that have piled up in your gutters, such as colored granules, shingle pieces, etc. it could be a sign there’s a problem somewhere else.  Clean and clear running gutters will keep water from building up on your roof and creating situations that could cause harm to your roof.

  1. What’s Under the Roof?

You should go to the attic and look for any signs of a problem.  These things could be drooping ceilings, obvious moisture, leaking drips, and even holes.  And for goodness sake – if you see sunshine coming through your roof anywhere, make a 911 call to your roofing company in Gainesville GA!

Stay Safe!

You don’t have to necessarily climb up a ladder to inspect your roof.  If you have some really good binoculars, use those first.  If you can’t get a good view, make sure you have a well-built and stable extension ladder.  Put it on flat solid ground and make sure it can extend at least 2-3 feet above the line of your roof.

Work with someone else on the ground; in other words, have a buddy available.  Don’t put the ladder in front of a door – what if someone (like a child) runs out the door, not knowing you’re there?

Wear good rubber-soled shoes with good traction.  A pair of tennis shoes will work fine as long as the soles aren’t terribly worn and slick. Most folks in our area don’t have tile roofs, but if you do – NEVER EVER walk on a tile roof.

Having said all that, the very safest thing you can do, after inspecting things from the ground, is to call the experts to do the climbing!