An asphalt shingle roof takes a lot of abuse over the course of a year. It's exposed to damaging UV rays, wind, hail, and rain. It may even be afflicted with algae, moss, animal damage, rot, or insects. A lot of the damage can go unseen, and you won't know there is a problem until you have an emergency situation to deal with. By hiring a home roofer to inspect your home annually, you can have preventative maintenance and repairs done before damage has a chance to escalate. Here are some of the things a roofer checks when inspecting your home.
The Condition Of The Attic
The attic provides a good look at the underside of the roof. Holes can be identified by light streaming into the attic. Evidence of leaks is also apparent when mold grows or insulation is damp. In addition to looking in the attic for signs of leaks, the roofer checks the condition of the attic to make sure it allows your roof to function properly. For instance, there should be adequate ventilation and insulation under the roof.
Any Problems With Shingles
Asphalt shingles naturally deteriorate with age, but prompt repairs can help them last as long as possible. The roofer checks for signs of granule loss on the surface of the shingles. He or she also looks for cracked, curled, or lifted shingles. Missing or crooked shingles are also noted. Growth on the shingles is also important to investigate. Algae is usually just a cosmetic problem, but you may want it removed by washing the roof. Moss could indicate problems with a decaying deck under the shingles.
The Strength Of The Deck
The deck is covered by shingles so it isn't easy to inspect. However, a roofer can tell a lot about the condition of the deck by walking on it. A deck in good condition feels strong and sturdy. A deck that is rotting has a bouncy feel when you walk on it. A rotting deck is an indication your roof needs quick repairs before the damage spreads.
Any Damage To Flashing, Gutters, And Other Roof Parts
The roofer inspects all parts of your roof. Rubber rings around pipes are examined for cracking. Flashing is checked to make sure it is still effective at keeping out water leaks. The gutters will probably be checked too because they are important for protecting your roof and home. Gutters that don't drain properly can cause water to back up under the roof and cause water damage.
If you have a roof inspection every year and other times when necessary, such as after a hailstorm, then damage can be repaired promptly. Prompt repairs are necessary to qualify for insurance coverage for storm repairs and they keep damage caused by animals or natural aging under control so you're not taken by surprise by water leaking into your home when it rains.Share
23 January 2018
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