What to Look for During a Roof Inspection
Storm Guard of Austin
Ask any roofing professional how frequently you should inspect your roof, and they’re going to tell you at least twice a year (in addition to before and after storms). We’re no different. Keeping close tabs on your roof helps you spot issues early so you can prevent bigger (and more expensive) problems down the road. But what exactly should you be looking for when it comes to your roof?
Here are a few things Austin homeowners should be looking for between calls to their professional roofer for a more thorough inspection. It’s worth mentioning that much of this can be done from the ground with a good pair of binoculars. Climbing on roofs is dangerous and it can potentially damage your roof. Always take caution and leave the more treacherous aspects of the job to a professional.
Your Guide to a Roof Inspection
- Check your shingles - shingles that are curling, cracked, missing granules or missing altogether should be replaced immediately.
- Check your flashings - roof flashings are made of galvanized steel to redirect water away from critical roof areas, like around dormers, chimneys and vents. If they start to pull away or expose gaps, seal them up right away before leaks or other water damage can take hold.
- Check any previously repaired areas - if parts of your roof have been previously repaired or patched, you want to pay close attention to these already weaker points, as they may be the first to go again.
- Check for signs of moss or lichen growth - this could mean too much moisture on your roof and potential decay underneath.
- Check your gutters and downspouts - keep ‘em clear to allow rainwater to easily flow out and away from your home, rather than gather on your roof or try to flow into your home.
As you scan your roof, take note of things like where the sun most frequently beats down on it, if there are nearby trees with overhanging branches, and any other weather-related signs worth noting. Here in Central Texas, our roofs must handle it all, so keeping a close eye on it when the weather is good can help you make sure it’s in a strong position for when the weather might not be so good.
To schedule a roofing inspection with our team at Storm Guard of SW Austin, please give us a call today.