Performing a Basic Roof Inspection

When it comes to roof repair, prevention is the best step to take. Even though you can perform a basic roof inspection on your own, it is best to have this done by a professional contractor and roofing expert. You probably do not take the time to even think about your roof, but it is important that you check it regularly for damages. Doing this will help prevent further damage being done to your home. It is also a good idea to keep your roof in good shape just in case you decide to sell your home in the future. Here are some tips to help you keep your roof in tip-top shape.

Inside of the Home

The National Roofing Contractors Association states that you should perform an extensive inspection of your roof in the fall and in the spring. The easiest thing for you to do is take a flashlight, go up to your attic, and check for any potential damage such as:

  • Sinking or sagging in your roof
  • Potential water damage or leaking
  • Dark spots or trails on your roof
  • Any light that may be shining inside of your roof

Outside of the Home

Once you have thoroughly checked that inside of your home it is now time to check for any damage to your roof. Here are a few of the most common things you may notice:

  • Check for any cracks in your roof or missing shingles
  • Check for any wear and tear around the chimney, vents, and pipes
  • If there is moisture that is on the roof, you should check to see if there is any mold that is forming
  • Check your gutters and downspouts to ensure that they are properly attached
  • Check your bath, kitchen, and dryer vents

If your roof is made of tile you need to make sure that there are no cracks in it. Do not walk on your roof to check for damage. It is important that you leave this up the professionals. Water damage is the most common type of problem in roofs made of tile. The roof may need to be replaced or it may need some basic repairs. That is why you should hire a roofing contractor to take a look at your roof to check for extensive damage. This will help to ensure that you have a roof that is fit to last a lifetime.