There are three essential parts of your home that make it a good shelter: your foundation, your siding, and your roof. All three require regular maintenance to keep up. The best way to do this with your roof is through regular inspections. Mostly, you can do these by yourself. It is recommended that a professional inspection get done at regular intervals. Here’s a quick guide to inspecting your roof:
When to inspect:
Annual checks should be the bare minimum frequency of roof inspections. If there’s ever a bad storm or any other inclement weather, it’s a good idea to perform an inspection right after. You want to catch the problems as quick as possible; it won’t take long for them to compound.
What you’re looking for:
- Flashings – Anything that sticks out of your roof is going to have metal flashings around it. If they get damaged, leaks will get in through your roof.
- Asphalt Granules – If you’ve got an asphalt roof, the granules on the top layer of the shingles will start to fall off when it ages. If you notice granule build-up in your gutters, check the roof for tear-off, warped spots, or curling shingles.
- Wood Shake – If you’ve got a wood shake roof, inspect each shake for signs of rot or warping. Also watch out for insects that may be nesting and eating up your roof. Never walk on a wood shake roof.
- Metal – Metal roofs tend to need much less maintenance. However, if it’s an old roof you should inspect it for signs of rusting, pitting, or corrosion. Also, check for bent seams that may be potential areas for leaks to get through.
Keep all these things in mind when inspecting your roof, and remember to stay on top of repairs. Here at DK Haney, we offer all kinds of roofing services. For more information, please give us a call at (866) 379-4846.