While you should have your roof professionally cleaned to ensure longevity, it’s also important that you inspect your roof regularly. Inspecting your home inside and out will ensure that the roof stays in top condition so that you won’t have to prematurely buy a new roof. It will also help you to receive top dollar should you ever decide to sell the house.
The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends that as a homeowner you should inspect your roof at least twice a year. That’s at least once in the spring and once in the fall. The inspection should include the inside of the roof, the exterior roof, and the material of the roof.
While most people are aware of the need for inspection on the outside of the roof, you should start to inspect your roof on the inside. Grab a flashlight and head up to the attic to ensure that there are no issues that could cause trouble and would go unnoticed from an exterior visual inspection.
When inspecting the roof from the attic, there are a few things you’ll want to check out. You’ll want to look for any place where the roof deck may be sagging, any signs of water damage or leaking, any dark spots and trails, and any outside light that may be showing through the roof.
After you’ve inspected the inside of the roof, it’s time to head outside and check out the top of the roof. Look for any damaged flashing, missing shingles, curling, blistering, rotting, or algae growth. Algae growth typically occurs in more humid climates such as Florida and will appear as a dark or greenish stain.
Visually inspect the roof for any cracked, torn, bald, or missing shingles that may cause problems. Be aware of any loose material or wear around the chimney, vents, pipes, or any other penetrations on the roof.
Be watchful for any excessive amounts of shingle granules in the gutters. They’re recognizable by their look of large grains of sand. This is a sign of advanced wear on the roof. Also be on the lookout for any signs of moisture, rot, or mold that may be on the roof. Wet spots may be hidden under a faulty shingle and the water can travel down to the lowest spot before it begins to drip. These conditions are ideal for mold, fungi, and bacteria to grow quickly. Within 24 to 48 hours of a water-related problem, mold, fungi, and bacteria can begin to appear.
To make sure that your roof doesn’t suffer significant water damage, it’s important to examine the roof’s drainage. Check that the gutters and downspouts are securely attached and that all drains are open so that the water is easily able to exit. If the gutters and downspouts are full of debris, water that comes in has nowhere else to go but up to the roof where it can cause damage so make sure that the gutters and downspouts are free of debris.
Make sure that all bath, kitchen, and dryer vents go entirely outside of the home and not just into the attic. These vents are designed to quickly remove the moisture from high moisture rooms. If that moisture ends up in the attic as opposed to outside, it could cause severe damage to the roof.
A major determining factor of whether or not you’ll need to replace your roof is what material your roof is made out of and what part of the country in which you reside. There are several different types of roofs and the lifespan of your roof largely depends on the material.
If your roof is made out of cedar, you’ll know that you need to repair or potentially replace the roof if it begins to split and fall apart in dry climates. The roof will also get quite mossy if it has problems that require a repair or replacement. The typical lifespan of a cedar roof is about 20 years.
If your roof is made of tile, look for broken or cracked tiles as they will determine that you need a roof repair or replacement. While checking for broken or cracked tiles, make sure not to walk on the roof as this can cause fully functional tiles to break. Tile roofs have the ability to last for up to 100 years though individual tiles can break. These tiles can be replaced but only by a specialist.
If you have a concrete roof, replacing it should never be necessary. A roof made of wooden shakes is vulnerable to damage from termites, carpenter ants, and other wood-boring pests so be on the lookout for these creatures that could cause a roof repair or replacement.
To ensure that your roof reaches its potential and lasts its lifetime, you should inspect your roof at least twice a year. Another step is to have your roof professionally cleaned by Beacon Roof Cleaning.