OK, DIY people. Here’s some info about inspecting a roof. The rains are here. Why wait to notice a big leak and call after a 2-inch rain? Take some time and make sure your roof will make it through the season. Not sure you need to? Read on…
An interior inspection can be instrumental in deciding whether or not to go with a new roof. Deteriorated decking or decking that sags between the rafters (sometimes visible during an exterior inspection) is a sure sign that superficial repairs such as replacing a few shingles will not suffice. If both the decking and rafters are badly damaged it is time to consider a new roof.
Re-roofing (placing a new roof over the existing one) when there is extensive damage to rafters and/or decking can lead to major future problems, even roof collapse in areas with heavy snow. Signs of leaking found in the attic indicated by dark spots in the wood are another common problem especially around vents, chimneys, and other holes in the roof. Spots found in the wood should be tested to determine whether they are a result of old problems that have been fixed or newer ones in need of repair.
These are only a few of the problems which can occur. It is extremely important to contact a professional if for any reason you believe your roof is in need of replacement or repair. Also, check the link below for more detailed information about roofing inspection. And remember that early detection by regular inspections is by far the best plan to avoid expensive repairs.
How often do you look at your roof? If you’re like me, you run in and out of the house, shuttle the kids back and forth, and glance up at the roofline only occasionally as you back out of the driveway. But inspecting your roof regularly and making little fixes as needed can prevent some costly repairs down the road — and keep those raindrops from falling on your head. There’s another benefit, too: Keeping your roof in good condition will also be a big plus if you decide to sell your home.
Do-It-Yourself Roofing Inspections are easy. Our next blog will give you the checklist of how to do the inspection.