How to Inspect Your Roof

Roof of a home with a clear sky in the background

It’s easy to overlook your roof since you can’t see all of it from the ground. This is exactly why roof inspection is so important, as it’s the best way to catch minor problems before they turn into major issues. You should inspect your roof twice a year, and here’s how to do it.

Check the Roof

Your roof will look different from different angles. Start on the ground and walk around the exterior. Look for problem areas, which may need repair.

We recommend that you look for areas that have moss, algae, or piles of decomposing leaves. These areas tend to stay damp after the roof has dried out. As a result they may develop water damage or leaks.

Check for damage to shingles. Shingles may be harmed by things like high winds, hail storms, or falling branches. If shingles appear cracked or curling, or if you notice missing shingles, plan for replacement.

Check the Gutters

While you’re inspecting your roof, check the gutters too. Gutters should be cleaned twice annually, usually in the spring and fall. If you don’t clean gutters you’ll wind up with ice dams in the winter because gutters don’t drain. The roofing system could become damaged as a result of all the water contact.

Check the Attic

Once you finish checking the roof from outside, head to the attic. If the roofing system has water damage, you should be able to spot it from the attic. Inspect the ceiling for pinholes of light, a warning sign that the attic has leaks. Look at your attic insulation and wood for darker areas. This discoloration indicates that water has leaked into the attic, so you may want to have things checked out. Lastly, inspect any plumbing stacks or chimneys or anywhere roots come together at an angle, as these are common problem areas.

Schedule Roof Repair

If everything looks good, then your roof is in good shape for another six months. If you notice that the gutters need cleaning, the attic indicates leaks, the shingles need repair, or the roof needs moss removal, call the roofing professionals at Brandstetter’s KangaRoof.