Why wait for the drip, drip, drip of a damaged roof? It’s always good idea to inspect your roof regularly, but it’s especially needed if you live in areas of the country that experience extreme weather, like the lovely State of Florida. With the rainy season approaching, we thought we would give some tips and tricks on how to inspect your roof for damage.
After a strong storm, hail, or wind-driven rain, take a look in the attic or your ceiling for signs of leaking. Stains, watermarks, or even discoloring on interior ceilings and walls can mean mold or mildew growth. Stains, or worse, mold, can be caused by leaks from outside the house or moisture trapped inside. It could indicate damaged shingles, inadequate underlayment or deteriorated flashing. Moisture trapped in the house due to poor ventilation can also cause exterior paint to peel and blister. Dry, cracked, or easily broken shingles indicate that they have reached the end of their useful life, and it’s time to invest in a new roof.
You can inspect your roof yourself by either climbing on your roof or by using binoculars from the ground. If you choose to go up on the roof yourself, remember to always utilize proper safety equipment to prevent falls or injury.
Here are some things to look for:
- Check the edging of chimneys, skylights, and edges of the roof for damage or inadequate coverage
- Look under eaves and overhangs for damage
- Examine shingles for any that are missing, cracked, curled, torn, or warped
- Look for any open seams or joints
- Look for popped or rusted nails or stains around nails
- Look for signs of insects or critter infestation (squirrels love climbing on roofs)
- Check for sagging, bubbles, or unsound areas
- Check for rotten fascia and eaves (edging under the roof around the exterior walls)
- Inspect your sources of roof ventilation to make sure they are not clogged
- Inspect gutters for sagging or signs of leaks and be sure to remove any leaves or debris
- Check for dark patches or biological growth (mold or algae)
- Check around pipes and roof penetrations to make sure they are sealed and in good shape – there shouldn’t be any exposed nails around flashings (if so, they should be sealed)
- Look inside the attic for signs of leaks, dark spots, holes, or sagging sheathing
Don’t get caught with sudden, costly repairs. Keep a close eye on your roof and find out how to spot problems – including these 13 key danger signs – before they severely impact your wallet. These are major signs to look for after a storm. If you see these issues, you should contact Reliant Roofing as soon as possible to schedule your free estimate.
You can do all this yourself, but if you’re uncomfortable with the idea of walking around on your roof or climbing a ladder in the first place, or you just want a professional inspection done, your best option is always to Reliant Roofing, and we will take care of it for you!