Signs That You Need To Seek Out A Roof Inspection Service For Your Property
How much attention do you give to your roof? Truth be told, most of us rush in and out of the house like headless chickens every day without giving much thought about the roof. Unfortunately, ignoring your roof for many years can end up costing you an arm and a leg if you need significant repairs done or to replace the entire roof because it’s too damaged. According to the National Roofing Contractors Association, you should inspect your roof at least two times a year.
How do you know you need a roof inspection?
Before calling the professionals to come and inspect your roof, here are somethings you can personally do to identify roof damage:
Conduct an interior roof check
An interior roof check is the easiest form of roof inspection you can carry-out on your own. All you need is a flashlight and some boots to go up the attic. While there, look out for:
- Daylight: See if there is any daylight coming in through the roof boards. The holes where the light is passing through are the same places where water will pass through as well and damage your house.
- Dark streaks and stains: Turn on the flashlight and check for dark streaks and stains on the underside of your roof or ceiling and even walls. The stains are very big and obvious so you can’t miss them and they are signs of moisture and water leaks.
- Sagging roof: Over the years, the dark stains can turn into soggy and soft spots that will eventually sag because of too much moisture. If the roof has gotten to this point, the water damage has gone on for too long and something must be done immediately.
Conduct an exterior roof check
Most people avoid doing an external roof check because it is dangerous and scary. However, all you need is a ladder to get a good vantage view of the roof without necessarily climbing on the roof. While you are up there, check for cracked or chipped tiles or wood, rotting, missing shingles, signs of moss and algae and also damaged chimney and roof flashing.
What other special cases warrant a roof inspection?
Over and above the two times a year you should inspect your roof, there are two other instances where you should conduct an inspection immediately;
A well installed roof should last for about 20 years. If the roof in that house has served its term or is over 15 years old, a professional inspection should be carried out to see if a replacement is necessary.
If you have experienced a major storm especially a hailstorm, you must conduct a roof inspection right after. A storm tends to damage the roof by blowing off and cracking shingles and tiles.
If you spot any of the above signs of roof damage, it is important to schedule a professional roof inspection for validation. The contractor should give you a free roof inspection and advice on the appropriate solution.