When spring time rolls around, it’s a good idea to inspect your roof, even if you do not have any leaks or noticeable problems with it at the moment. It is important that you get up on your roof at least once a year to take a close look at your roof to check for certain things that may indicate there might be a problem later on. The last thing you want to do is wait until there is water pouring through your roof because you neglected to check it.
You will want to look for the following things when inspecting your roof:
- If your roof has wooden shake or shingles, you will want to look for signs of dry rot or warping, depending on the climate of the area you live in.
- If your roof is made of metal, it most likely has a total life of around 50 years, provided that it is well-maintained. When you go to inspect your roof, look for signs of putting, rusting and corrosion, all of which can be signs of natural aging. A little bit of rust isn’t a terrible thing, but depending on how much there is and how deep it goes, it could be a major problem.
- For slate, clay tile and asbestos cement shingles, you can actually use a pair of binoculars to get a good look at them to check for chipped, broken or missing pieces. Even though these types of roofs tend to last a very long time, they can still be damaged in severe weather.
- Take the time to check the flashings on the roof. Flashings are the metal pieces that cover gaps in the roof plane, such as chimneys and vent pipes. If you see any damage, it is important to fix the problem immediately or call a contractor to do the work for you.
- Asphalt roofs tend to become more brittle as they age, and the granules that make up the surface begin to come out. If you notice a lot of granules in the gutters surrounding the roof, it is very likely that your roof is aging and work will need to be done to restore or replace it.
- When you are getting up on a ladder to inspect your roof, always make sure to use both hands when climbing. It can be easy to lose your footing on a ladder, which is why it is so important to hold on tight and use both hands to keep yourself secure on it at all times.
The following is a list of things that you should look for when trying to determine the state of your roof from inside the home:
- Cracks on roof sheathing
- Light coming in from outside
- Leaks around vents, chimneys and other openings to the outside
- Sagging decking between rafters
It is also important that you are aware of the early signs of a roof leak. You will want to look out for the following things:
- Dark stains on ceilings
- Peeling paint on underside of roof overhangs
- Dam spots around fireplace
- Water stains on pipes that vent the water heater or furnace
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