Published on September 29, 2014
Roof inspections are a must. As a homeowner or commercial building owner, it is your responsibility to check your roof bi-annually for any potential problems. This can help save you money, take care of small problems before they get worse, and make sure your roofing system is working effectively. Roofing inspections are important - but what do you actually need to do? This checklist will make your next roof inspection easier than ever.
The first part of your inspection should include a quick glimpse of your roof. Climb up a ladder and scan your roofing shingles. See any problems? Take note of anything and everything you see right off the bat. Don't want to get up on a ladder? Stand on the ground with a pair of binoculars instead. This step will give you a good idea of any problem areas or places you may need to inspect more thoroughly.
The next thing you'll want to do? Take a minute to think about the last roofing inspection you performed. Were there any specific issues that needed to be fixed? Missing shingles that had to be replaced or certain materials that needed monitoring? Spend some time looking over those spots now. Compare the way that area looks now compared to your last inspection. Does it appear normal - or is it time to bring in a roofing contractor? Determine whether any changes have occurred and what action you will need to take. View slide
The most popular type of roofing material has to be shingles. There are many different kinds available, but asphalt shingles are used in residential areas most frequently. Get back on the ladder (or use your binoculars from ground level) and take a closer look at your shingles. You want to be on the lookout for any that are curling, buckling, blistering, torn, ripped, or missing. If any shingles are worn down or damaged, you will need to think about shingle replacement or roof replacement, depending on the age of your roof and the extent of the damage. Remember, you always want to use high-quality shingles for shingle replacement. They can help your next inspection to go smoothly! View slide
Issues with flashing can be costly to both residential and commercial owners. Improper lashing can result in issues like roof leaks and internal damage. That is not something you want to deal with! During your roof inspection, carefully take a look at any and all flashing. You want to make sure there are no cracks on the caulking, no rust spots, gaps, or broken areas. Be sure to look around chimney areas, vents, skylights, and anywhere else there may be flashing on your rooftop.
You're almost done! During your inspection, there are a few other issues to be on the lookout for. Essentially, you want to be on guard for anything that doesn't look quite right. That may be moss or mold around shingles, cracked vent piping, or clogged gutters. All of these issues can impact the strength and lifespan of your roofing system. Be aware and take note.
Your inspection is complete.... but now what? This is your chance to deal with any concerns you may have come across. Did you see any problems? It is time to fix them. Depending on your comfort level, small repairs can be handled on your own. Or an experienced roofing contractor can complete larger tasks. Remember: doing an inspection isn't enough. You need to actually do something with the information you have gathered.
Performing a roof inspection doesn't have to be overwhelming. With this checklist by your side, you'll know exactly what to do - and what to be on the lookout for. Keep your roof strong and sturdy year after year by keeping up with regular roofing inspections.
Joe Davis understands the importance of proper roof inspections. He has experience bringing both residential and commercial roofing products to customers all over the country. In the last few years, he has been working successfully with IKO Shingles.
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