Roofing Guide 1: Inspecting your roof

Inspecting Your Roof

Roofing Guide

Thinking about doing a DIY project for your roof? Have a look at our steps below.

Do You Need A New Roof?

Inspecting your roof is the first step for any roofing project is to make the assessment if you actually need a new roof or not. Below are several of the most common signs that you need a new roof.

Leaks in your attic after a major rain storm

After a strong storm or windy rain, you’ll want to inspect your attic for any signs of leaking. An attic leak will indicate that you might have some damaged shingles, an inadequate underlayment or perhaps some deteriorated flashing.

Blistering and peeling of external paint

When moisture gets trapped in your house because of poor or inadequate ventilation, it can cause your exterior paint to peel and blister.

Mildew, stains or mold growing on your ceiling or walls

Mildew and stains can be caused because of leaks from your roof or perhaps moisture which is trapped inside your home.

Shingle, sheathing or siding wear

Trapped moisture can also cause decay and excess wear and tear on your shingles, sheathing and siding.

Damaged shingles, either missing, curled or cracked

Dry and/or cracked shingles have reached the end of their useful life. This is a prime indicator that the time has come to invest in a new roof.

Dark/dirty looking shingles

Vegetation, mold and fungus can grown on your shingles and cause patches of your roof to look dark and dirty. This doesn’t necessarily mean that your roof is due for a replacement, but it can be a warning sign. There are new shingle technologies out there to reduce to staining of shingles. Contact us for more information.

Excessive energy costs

Poor attic ventilation can drive up your energy cooling costs. If hot air gets trapped in your attic with no way out, your air conditioning bills will skyrocket. Not only is the extra drain on your wallet painful, but the hot air could also be very humid which can cause moisture to drip into your insulation further reducing the effectiveness of your insulation.

Inspecting for roof damage

Waiting for your ceiling to start leaking can be very costly and isn’t the most effective way of inspecting your roof. A bit of proactive inspection is a great way to protect your home investment. You can inspect your roof by yourself by either using a ladder to climb up onto it or a pair of binoculars to inspect it from the ground.

If you choose to climb onto the roof yourself, always remember to use proper safety equipment to prevent injury or a fall.

Here are some things to look out for when inspecting your roof for damage:

    • Check your flashing for damage or inadequate coverage
    • Inspect under your eaves and overhangs for possible damage
    • Look for any damaged or missing shingles. Keep an eye out for cracks, curls, tears or warps
    • Inspect for any open seams or joints
    • Look out for any popped or rusted nails or possible stains around the nails
    • Inspect for any insect or critter infestations. (Squirrels love climbing on roofs)
    • Check for any sagging in your roof
    • Look for any rotten fascia and eaves
    • Inspect all your roof vents to make sure they are flowing freely and not clogged
    • Inspect your gutters for any sign of sagging or leaking. Make sure to remove any leaves and debris that might be clogging them
    • Look for any moss or vegetation that might be growing on the roof
    • Check all pipes coming out of your roof and make sure they are all sealed and in good shape. Make sure their flashing is properly sealed
    • Look inside the attic for possible signs of leakage, stains, holes or sagging

All of this inspection can be done by yourself, but if you feel uncomfortable with the idea of walking around your roof or climbing up the ladder, or if you just want the surety of a professional inspection, feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to come by and perform an inspection.