Tips for Inspecting for Roof Damage
One of the most common questions of a homeowner regarding their roof (and roof damage) is whether a new one is needed or if you could get by with replacing it. If this is something you are asking yourself, then it is important that you know the key danger signs of a failing roof, which are as follows:
- Attic leakage following a heavy rain or build-up of ice.
- Staining and/or mildew or mold growth on interior walls and ceilings.
- Missing, curled or cracked shingles.
- Peeling or blistering of paint (interior and/or exterior).
- Exterior decay of siding and/or sheathing.
These are just a few of the most common and most dangerous signs of roof damage and the need for a new roof.
It is important to conduct roof inspection regularly, especially if you live in an area where you extreme weather is experienced – particularly heavy snowfall and ice build-up , tornadoes and/or hurricanes. You can perform a roof inspection on you own, but you must make certain that you know what you are looking for and to use adequate safety equipment so that falls and injury can be prevented. Here are a few things to look for during your roof damage inspection:
- Check under overhands and eaves for any damage that might indicate water leakage.
- Check for the growth of any algae, mold or lichens.
- Examine any torn, cracked, warped, curled or missing shingles.
- Check for open joints or seams, which could result in leakage.
- Examine gutters for signs of leaks, sagging and granule accumulation (which is the pieces on top of shingles).
- Inspect the roof for growth or dark patches.
- Inspect the roof’s structure for any buckling or sagging.
- Look for any rusted or popped up nails as well as stains around the nails.
- Inspect roof ventilation sources for clogs and to ensure there is proper ventilation.
- Examine the roof decking from the attic for any rotted wood.
- In the attic, check for any areas that are allowing outside light to come in.
- Check the attic for any dark spots, sagging sheathing, holes and signs of leaks.
If you are uncomfortable with examining your roof yourself, that’s okay, we would be more than happy to assist you with your roof inspection. By hiring a professional to conduct the inspection for roof damage, you can rest assured that it will be inspected thoroughly. Email or give us a call at (256) 326-4232 and we’ll gladly come out for a free consultation.