Tips to Keep Roof in Good Shape
Roofs are constantly exposed to harsh outdoor conditions, so keeping it in good shape requires regular inspections as well as scheduled maintenance conducted by your trusted roofing contractor. The following is an overview of what you can do to keep your roof in good shape.
Doing Your Own Roofing Inspection
If you’re wondering why you need to conduct your own inspections in addition to scheduled professional roofing maintenance, consider that the latter is done every two to three years. Anything can happen in between, and by keeping an eye on your roof, you can save yourself from having to deal with expensive – and unplanned – repairs.
Think of it as the equivalent of an annual physical: a medical professional inspects your health and makes recommendations on your diet, medication and lifestyle. You follow these recommendations for the rest of the year, perhaps by keeping tabs on your weight and making sure you follow the doctor’s advice. Doing your own roofing inspections is what following the doctor’s advice is to residential roofing. You’re keeping an eye on your roof’s condition until it’s time for the scheduled checkup with a roofing professional.
How to Inspect Your Own Roof
All you’ll need to do are visual inspections, so you’ll need a good pair of binoculars and maybe a notebook or a phone with a high-resolution camera for recording your findings. On a clear day, inspect your roof using your binoculars, and take note of signs of damage: cracked, missing or curling shingles, holes and dents as well as cosmetic issues, such as algae stains and discoloration. Pay special attention to valleys, protrusions and other breaks in the roof, such as dormers. There should be strips of metal – known as flashing – in these breaks. They protect these vulnerable areas from possible leaks. The first row of shingles should be perfectly flat against the roof’s edge; otherwise, you may be looking at signs of wind damage.
Finally, climb into the attic, and watch out for water stains on the rafters along with clumped insulation – both are signs of water intrusion and should be addressed by professionals. There may also be pinholes of light which should also be addressed before they develop into bigger leaks.
Blog Source: Elite Roofing Solutions | How to Keep Your Roof in Good Shape