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How to Check for Roof Damage

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Check for Roof Damage

So your home is just a few years into existence, and you are already having funny experiences? The roof is one of the most important parts that put your home together. And it may also be the first part of the house that begins to experience damage and wear.

These damages come in all different forms and may also communicate different problems. Check out some of them below;

Leaks

When you start seeing water spots on your walls and especially your ceiling, your roof says, ‘there are missing or cracked shingles, a failed underlayment (this is the protective barrier/ layer that lies between your shingles and roof plywood), or there is a problem at the joints of your roof that needs to be checked no later than sooner.

Peeling Paint

Peeling paint (or blistering) is another sign your roof is giving you. This is mostly caused by harsh weather conditions, too much sunlight and heat especially. It is a sign of poor ventilation. While this is bound to happen after years of existence, it can be avoided for a long time by making sure your roofer is qualified and an expert.

Dark Streaks

This may resemble dirt but more often than not, it really isn’t. Dark stains are a sign of moss or/ and algae growing on your roof. These plants thrive in a dump environment with lots of shade and moisture. So, it may be because of trees shading your roof and such. Make sure to clean regularly.

Roof Damage Checklist

Checking for any roof damage means thorough inspections, which you should also carry out on a regular basis. This is a preventative measure you take to spot, avoid or/ and sort out (repair) your roofing problems. It is most recommended to do once every year and can be done by yourself or by a professional. Make sure to consult with your roofer for more info and direction. 

One of the best reasons why you should consider hiring a good roofer for your roofing inspections is that they are experts and you are not. This means that it is easy for you to miss some damages that could cost you a fortune (in repairs or replacement) later. 

However, you can also do a thorough and effective inspection, by checking for the following signs;

  • Rotting and staining on your roof
  • Roof vents
  • Cracked, curled, broken, or missing shingles
  • Dark streaks on ceilings
  • Water spots on ceiling and walls
  • Peeling paint
  • Damaged chimney cap
  • Masses of moss, algae, and lichen
  • Attics ventilation
  • Your roof’s decking
  • Check out your gutters
  • Check the fasteners

Importance of Roof Inspection

The importance of roof inspection cannot be emphasized enough. One of the best benefits is that it saves you a lot of money, in the long run, you could have potentially used it for repairs and/ or replacement. 

Inspecting your roof means checking out for possible roof damage and wear before they cause major problems. This means sorting out the minor issues before they could become major issues and expensive ventures. It helps detect roof problems in time and prevents any further damages. You find faults early on and suggest repairs.

Once you check your roof, it also brings peace to your home. You can rest easy knowing that your roof is in perfect condition and you don’t stand a chance of waking up to heavy downpour and leaking in your home in the middle of the night one night. It is one of the best maintenance routines for a longer lasting roof.

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