Getting up on your roof to perform a basic inspection can be a bother – and extremely hazardous. Roof hazards that you will face may include: a steep slope, slippery footing, improper fall protection safety equipment, an inadequate ladder, etc. Today, we’d like to give some helpful tips to homeowners who are ready to add an annual roof inspection to their task list – from the ground.
The Good News
The good news: steep-slopes roofs that are unable to be walked on are the easiest to inspect from the ground level. Simply take a pair of binoculars and a checklist with you to walk around and inspect your roofing system.
Some Things to Look for:
When you are examining your roof, always check for these signs of excessive wear and tear or damage:
- Seams & Flashing – The seams, and the flashing that seals them, are the most vulnerable part of your roofing system. Pay special attention to any irregularity that may indicate water leakage or cracks in the seal.
- Moss & Algae – Many types of mold and pollutants will discolor a roof without damaging it. However, if you notice moss and algae growing on your roof, it is a good idea to have it cleaned. Moss can provide a haven for moisture to collect, eventually finding its way through the roofing system, into your home.
- Hail or Storm Damage – Any roof storm damage sustained is not always immediately evident. Look closely for signs of hail damage (binoculars necessary) and other penetration from falling tree limbs, debris, or high winds.
- Buckling / Curling Shingles – With old age and weathering comes damaged shingles. Buckling can be a sign of wet underlayment or rotten decking. Curling shingles are a sign of wind damage – or simple old age.
- Wind Damage – High winds can tear even the newest shingle roof apart. Fortunately, a well-installed roof is a match for most strong winds. Keep an eye out for shingles that have been curled up or slightly moved by a windstorm – it may be a sign that the waterproof nature of your roof has been compromised.
What to Do When You Discover Something
In every case, it is helpful to take Before & After pictures of your roof. This will help you to determine when your roof is damaged and to what degree.
Quality Roofing, local to the Austin area, is always ready to help with your roof storm damage repair needs.