Compared to some of the other components of your home, roofs can be tricky when it comes to evaluating its current condition. It is obvious when a door doesn't seal properly, a window binds upon closing, or your brick veneer develops a crack. However, your roof may be fine visually when in fact it is dangerously close to failure.
The only way to really be sure what condition your roof is in is to have a professional roof inspection conducted. The results will determine whether you need roof repair, you are in good shape, or you need to solicit a new roof estimate. The important thing to remember is that it pays to be proactive when it comes to your roof; don't wait for a serious problem to develop.
How a Proper Roof Inspection is Conducted
When many roofing companies conduct an inspection the inspector climbs up onto the roof, pokes around here and there, scribbles some notes, and finally climbs down and makes a recommendation. While a well-seasoned roofer might catch some problems, a better approach is to follow an established checklist and proceed in a methodical manner to ensure that nothing is missed. Here are just a few important items that must be looked at and evaluated:
- Shingle condition at the perimeter of the roof; chipped shingles can allow rain water to get behind flashing during high winds.
- All penetrations and their associated flashing must be in good repair and must provide an effective water barrier.
- Valleys must be in good repair with no cracks and must not contain any debris "dams"; understandably they transport much of the water off your roof.
- All flashing must be properly secured and not rusted.
- The shingles must be in serviceable condition. Any sign of brittleness, curled edges, or missing shingle granules is an indication that your roof's lifespan is nearing the end. It might be time to get a new roof estimate before real problems develop.
- Proper attic ventilation and the condition of your insulation should be determined; either of these things can affect not only your comfort but also the lifespan of your shingles.
Any roofing problems encountered should be addressed as soon as possible because they will only get worse with the passage of time. At First Quality Roofing & Insulation, our 14-point roof inspection covers the items listed above and more. Contact us to schedule an inspection.
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