Home maintenance is a part of life for many people living in Denver. A house goes through regular wear and tear just with people living in it, but when you get the seasonal temperature changes and heavy winter snowfalls that this area gets year after year, things can deteriorate a lot faster requiring some roof repair. This is especially true when it comes to roofs, so as a homeowner, it is important to know how to spot any issues that may require maintenance or roof repair. And of course, if you need to file an insurance claim, knowing what how to do your own roof inspection is also very useful. Follow this guide points to do a basic inspection of your roof.
The Internal Roof Inspection
Start from within. The internal inspection of your roof is just as important as the outer one, if not more so because this is where you can discover if you already have some serious problems. Start by going up to your attic (or crawlspace, whatever is directly beneath your roof) and examine the ceiling. Even if you have lights turned on, use a flashlight so you can look at precise areas of the ceiling— the underside of the roof— from one side to the other. This can be a somewhat tedious process, but it is well worth it, especially if snow has been sitting on your roof for much of the winter or there have been hailstorms.
What you’re going to be looking for is any of the following:
- Leaking (any at all, whether it’s just a small drip or practically a downpour)
- Water stains and dark spots that are not part of the wood
- Any areas that appear unnaturally off-color
- Sagging or bulging areas (can be caused by water buildup, among other things)
- Any sign of mold
- Holes or cracks of any kind (If you can see them easily, they’re already pretty bad)
All of these can indicate roof damage in need of repair. Many of them are caused by water damage, which can lead to dangerous rot and mold. So, it’s best to take care of any leaking areas as soon as possible before they lead to bigger problems.
To complete your interior inspection, switch off the lights and look for any light (daylight) coming in through any part of the roof. Do this even if you didn’t find any holes or cracks before. If you do find one now, make note of where it is (it may be helpful to put a piece of tape or some other kind of marker near it) and call up your contractor. Holes and cracks in your roof can only get worse— they do not fix themselves.
Roof Repair - The External Roof Inspection
Now it’s time to head outdoors and, very carefully, get on your roof. If you cannot do this, then call in a roofing professional such as Integrity Xteriors to take a look or perform a free roof inspection for you.
While you’re up on the roof, it’s a good idea to alert someone in your house (or a neighbor) that you are going up there. Have them come check on you after an hour, to make sure that you are okay (it’s not common for people to fall off their roofs or worse, fall through them, but it isn’t unheard of either). Meanwhile, check your roof for all of the following:
- Weaker areas or places that move when you walk on them (be very careful)
- Areas that dip down or bulge up
- Water (No water should rest on your roof after it rains)
- Loose shingles
- Broken or torn shingles
- Missing shingles
- Holes or cracks of any kind
- Rust and discolorations (if you have metal roofing)
- Mold or rot
- Loose materials or a grainy roof (this can indicate shingles that are wearing away)
All of these can indicate that roof repair is definitely needed. If your roof seems structurally unstable at any time, get off immediately and call the pros. Even a mild storm can make a weak roof collapse, so tackle that problem now before it is too late.
And while you’re at it, taking a look at your house’s gutters never hurts. They do need to be cleaned out regularly, but if there are problems that you can’t handle yourself (severe blockages, mold or rust, broken or loose structure, etc.), contact a professional. If water can’t drain correctly from your roof, you could be in for bigger problems down the line.
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I’ve Found a Problem, What Now?
If you think you have spotted a problem with your roof, it is time to call in the pros for assistance. Even if you are unsure of whether or not what you’re looking at is actually an issue, a professional roofing contractor will be able to tell you for sure. Keep in mind that it is not a good idea to delay roof maintenance, because it can develop into a bigger problem and could ultimately result in the entire roof being replaced. If it is a serious issue that is left too long, there could also be damage to the inside of your home. So, don’t wait when you find a problem. Get your roof fixed now!