In this article we will tell you how to inspect your roof and when you should call a professional. First things first, we do not recommend you walk on your roof, as that is dangerous.
From the safety of the ground or through a window, perform a visual inspection of the roof with binoculars. Remember: A roof is designed to age over time. Even a one-year-old roof will look different than a roof that was just installed. But by inspecting your roof regularly, you can spot changes and potential problems.
Look for shingles that are missing or loose, or show signs of heavy wear or degradation (bald spots, granule loss, or severe curling), as these are considered weak points where water can penetrate and cause leaks. While it is normal for asphalt shingles to experience some curling, significant or abnormal curling are indicators that your shingles are reaching the end of their useful life.
After examining the roof from the outside, it’s time to check things from inside. Using a flashlight, inspect the attic and crawl spaces after heavy rains. Do you notice any signs of water damage? Are any of the rafters or decking wet? Has any of the insulation gotten wet? These are all indications that your roof may have a leak. Your attic should have a good ventilation system, which helps prevent moisture buildup. If it doesn’t, you may feel super-hot or super-cold air (depending on the weather outside) inside your attic. Although this poor temperature regulation isn’t an emergency, you should look for signs that moisture is building up. You may notice dark streaks on your attic’s rafters, see mildew or mold growing in dark areas, or even notice condensation or frost on some of the wood in your attic. If you notice any of these signs, it’s a good idea to get in touch with a roofing contractor to schedule a free roof inspection.
WHEN TO CALL A PROFESSIONAL
Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements – and you should have it inspected at least once a year. Houston Reality Roofing offers free roof inspections, which give you the opportunity to gauge your roof’s overall health, performance and longevity. The sooner you address roofing problems, the less money they cost you, and roofing problems never get better on their own. Give Houston Reality Roofing a call today and let the professionals handle the climbing.