Getting to the Top of Things: What to Expect in a Roof Inspection
At some point in the lifetime of a home, the roof will need expecting, possibly even replacing. If you suspect your roof needs work, get an inspection now. Don’t put it off, as you might have to pay more later. A professional roofer can get to the heart of the matter quickly, and give you an estimate should your roof need repair.
Scheduled a time that is most convenient for you, and ensure you will be home. Ask questions, that way the roof inspector can provide helpful solutions.
Ins and Outs of a Roof Inspection
The roof inspector will thoroughly go over your roof. They will look for cracks, dead vegetation, rot, water damage and much more. Basically, they will be looking for signs of trouble, such as a bad foundation, areas of the roof that are darker than they should be and weathered shingles.
If you notice any of these problems yourself, call a roofer immediately. You should also pay close attention to any decay on your roof. Keep in mind that a bad roof means a leaky roof. The potential damage this can cause includes mold, insulation damage, structural damage, floor damage and even flooding, at which point you will need more than a roofer, you will require restoration services.
Before that happens, inspect your foyers, bathroom, second-floor bedrooms, windows, and tight spaces that might have leaks. It cannot be stressed enough that you have to find any leak in your house, no matter how small it might be.
Don’t be afraid to also climb up to your roof. Once there, ask yourself, “Is there a lot of accumulation of leaves, grass and moss? Is the area damp?” You should be able to determine if your roof needs replacing. Additionally, always check the rain gutters. If your gutters are clogged, clean them out. In fact, the gutters should be cleaned every year.
Finding All Leaks
If your roof is leaking and you cannot see the source of the water, put a bucket under the drip. Take your time checking whether or not there is a serious leak by gently pouring water on the drip area. Is the water slowly dripping, or is it actually gushing? Is the water coming from the attic and insulation, or is it a problem that you have inside? Either way, it is most likely time for a roof inspection.
Furthermore, check for drips on the wall above your shower. You should also check around the toilet for damp spots. If you find some, you will want to have an inspection of your lines for leaks.
Inspecting your roof for damage is essential for any homeowner. A bad roof can cause a myriad of problems down the line. Get your roof inspected now and save thousands of dollars thwarting future damage.