When was the last time you took a second glance at your roof? Most people barely notice their roofs until there is an unmistakable problem and at that point, it may be too late for a simple repair. It is important to conduct a roof inspection at least once a year. Depending on your region’s typical weather conditions and the wear and tear that it causes on your roof, you might want to conduct an inspection before and after the harsher seasons.
Use these helpful tips to inspect the interior and exterior of your roof. Repairing the small fixes this summer to prepare your roof for the New England harsh weather of the future.
Interior Roof Inspection
When inspecting the interior of your roof in your attic, look for the following signs of damage:
- Dark spots and trails
- Outside light shining through the roof
- Any signs of water damage and leaking
- Places where the roof deck is sagging
Exterior Roof Inspection
When inspecting the exterior of your roof, look for these signs of damage that need to be repaired:
- Cracked, torn, bald, or missing shingles
- Small signs of moisture: rot, mold, fungi, algae
- Excessive amounts of shingle granules in your gutter
- Loose materials or wear around your chimney, vents, or pipes
- Unsecure or clogged gutters and downspouts
- Bathroom, kitchen, or dryer vents that do not vent entirely outside of your home, i.e. venting into your attic space
Any one of these signs of roof damage is very fixable, especially if your roof is less than 20 years old. On the other hand, if you do find that your roof has several of these signs of damage, it is possible that you need a new roof.
Repair vs. Replacement
After inspecting your roof, the next step is assessing the damage and coming to a conclusion to either repair or replace your roof.
The following minor damage conditions are signs for the need of roof repair:
- Small leaks
- Few missing, torn, or damaged shingles
The following major damage conditions are signs of immediate roof replacement:
- Major leaks damaging the interior
- Sagging roof deck
- Wooden roofs that are split or show signs of mold, moss, or mildew
- Asphalt roofs that have piles of granules from deterioration
- Large dark spots or trails of discoloration as signs of long-term leakage
- Lots of sunlight shining through into the attic
- Large areas of curling shingles
Roof inspection is an easy way to avoid major potential roof problems. While roof inspection is necessary, your safety is important. If you think you are unable to thoroughly inspect your roof, especially the exterior, and many roofing companies provide a free inspection and estimate of costs.
If roof replacement is necessary, it is important that you hire a professional and experienced roof contractor who will assess your roof damage and replace your roof accordingly. For any signs of roof damage or questions about roof replacement, our experts would love to help you.