The Roof is one of your home’s most essential elements. It needs daily maintenance in order for your roof to work properly. Roof repairs can avoid damage to the roof, and expensive repair of the roof. It requires conducting a biannual roof inspection. In addition, debris and destruction following storms should be inspected.Learn more about us at Northwest Roof Maintenance Inc.
It’s important to keep an eye on your roof in general. To get a better look at what’s going on on your roof, use binoculars. Early detection of problems will save you money, such as peeling or missing shingles.
Remove from the roof the wide branches.
Trim branches that touch your roof, or overhang it.
Clean gutters and downspouts of any debris on a regular basis.
The Seasonal Inspection
The best time to inspect your roof is if the weather is at its most calm. The beginning of fall and the beginning of spring are the best times for a roof inspection in most areas in the US. Tip: Schedule your biannual checks when the clocks are adjusted for the weekends. You’ll quickly remember that way. Never get up on a wet or frozen roof.
A roof inspection consists of two parts: indoor and outdoor.
Inspect the attic or crawl space for spots of humidity or gout. Look for dark spots on the woods with a flashlight, especially around vents and chimneys. Consider the beams of rafters, sheathing, and ridge. Check if it is damp and soft if you find a spot. A soft spot implies it’s new. Keep track of the damp spots, so that when you inspect the roof outside you can inspect the corresponding areas. Check if there is exterior light that can be seen from the roof. For any damp spots, check the ceilings in your house. Inspect tiles at the ceiling for growth of mould.
Become familiar with roof inspection protection before inspecting the roof. Basic protection includes: using a safety belt and a sturdy rope, positioning the ladder correctly and wearing non-slip (rubber-sole) shoes.
Carefully climb up to the roof and launch inspection:
1) The shingles are visually inspected for damage or degradation. Look for shingles that are loose, or missing. With the most intense sun exposure, pay particular attention to the side of the house.
2) Check cracks at the chimney.
3) Examining flashes.
4) Extract (such as leaves and branches) debris.
5) Clean the gutters out. Check in the gutters for finely gravel-like granules. This is a symptom of rotting shingles.
Conduct a biannual roof maintenance audit of your roof to avoid damage to the roof.