When To Inspect The Roof And How To Do It

Posted on: 25 June 2019

Roof inspections are critical since they help homeowners to identify emerging roof problems. As a homeowner, you should know not only the time but also the best way to inspect your roof. Below is an overview of both.

When to Inspect the Roof

Too many roof inspections are unnecessary, but too few roof inspections leave the roof exposed to unexpected damage. You have to get the right balance so that you can spot emerging issues and fix them before the damage spread to the rest of the roof. Here are three major points to guide your roof inspection efforts.

Twice a Year

Most roofing experts will advise you that the ideal schedule for roof inspections is twice a year. One inspection should be done before the storm or winter season begins. This inspection helps you to identify weak points that need work to strengthen the roof for the difficult season ahead. The second season should be after the storm or winter season. This inspection identifies potential damages that the difficult season might have made on the roof.

After a Storm

Even if you regularly inspect your roof twice a year, you need an additional inspection every time a big storm strikes your home. Storms can damage roof flashing, rip off roofing shingles, lift up sections of the roof, and send debris crashing on the roof. The inspection will help you understand the extent of the damage, if any, so you can

Whenever You Suspect Damage

Inspecting the roof when you suspect damage helps to diagnose the cause of the damage and determine its extent. Say you notice some discolorations on the ceiling or some wet spots that look like roof leaks. An inspection can help you confirm or rule out the presence of leaks.

The Three Major Approaches

For a complete inspection of the roof, you need to inspect the roof through three main approaches. Here are the three approaches you need.

Walk Around the House

There are three main reasons walking around the house is necessary for a thorough inspection. First, you will be able to notice if there are roofing materials, such as broken pieces of shingles, around the house. Secondly, you will be able to examine the lower parts of the roof without climbing a ladder. Lastly, you may be able to inspect the gutters from the ground.

Go Inside the House

Some roof damages are only visible from the inside. For example, early warning signs of roof leaks include discolored ceilings and walls, which you can only notice from inside the house.

Climb on the Roof

Lastly, there are also parts of the roof that you can only inspect when on the roof. Things like damaged flashing, shingles with reduced texture, and open joints are all easy to inspect while up on the roof.

Reach out to a local roofing company to learn more.