Whether you have a slate roof, pitch roof, flat roof or any other kind of roof, the roof is always an important feature of your home. It protects you and your family and therefore deserves some attention. Inspecting your roof is one of those roof maintenance jobs that people tend to overlook but will help you prevent roofing problems. You can manage to do it yourself without much trouble and in almost no time at all. Your roof and your wallet will thank you for doing so.
"In some cases it’s worth having a roof inspection done by a professional roofing contractor. This is especially true after very heavy storms or if you have any doubts about your own findings. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions or inquiries."
How to Prevent Roofing Problems
Make sure you inspect your roof once a year to prevent the onset of serious issues. In this roofing blog post we’ll look at some handy roof inspection tips now that winter is coming to its end. Spring could be the perfect time to check if your roof is in tip-top shape or if it needs some care.
How to start inspecting your roof?
It could be a good idea to set up a yearly reminder on your mobile phone (or write it on your calendar) as it’s an easy thing to forget about. To do the job you’ll only need a ladder and a pair of binoculars to make sure you can see the less accessible spots on your roof. You can also do a thorough inspection from the ground – after all, the less you walk up there, the better for your roof.
What to look at/for while inspecting your roof
Any of these signs should be taken seriously and repaired as soon as possible. You can replace and fix some things like a missing tile yourself as long as you are comfortable working on the roof and take reasonable safety precautions.
- Moss and lichen: A sign of decay from underneath your roof.
- Condition of the roof flashings: Rusted leaky roof flashing may require removal of some good slates in order to repair the flashing.
- The condition of the roof coating: Scrapes and holes need to be fixed.
- The drainage system: Standing water could cause premature damage as it can cause leakage of the chemicals that keep the roof pliable.
- Cracks in the rubber boots: Check for cracks around the vent pipes.
- The gutters: Inspect your gutters for coloured grit & debri, their presence in gutters could be a sign of roof aging as well.