5-Step Checklist To Inspect Your Roof For Storm Damage And Wear

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Knowing what to look for when your roof has been damaged in a storm can be difficult. There are different types of repairs that may be needed, as well as roof wear that requires a roof replacement. Before you get started inspecting your roof, here are some of the steps you need to take to ensure your roof inspection is complete:

1. General Problems with Wear and Tear That Need to Be Addressed

Wear and tear is the first thing you want to look for when inspecting your roof. Look for common signs of an aging roof, such as loss of granules, visible damage on shingles, curling of shingle tabs, and fading. These are all signs of a roof that needs replacement and is beyond the point of repair. Regular roof maintenance will prolong the life of your roof and prevent some of these problems.

2. Storm and Debris Damage That Requires Minor Roof Repairs

Storms are a major cause of damage to roofs that often goes unnoticed. To ensure your roof is in good shape and no repairs are needed, routinely inspect for storm damage. In addition, if you have trees near your home, also look for damage that could be caused by debris hitting your roof. Look for problems such as torn or missing shingles, pitting, and visible marks on shingles that are also signs of damage that needs to be repaired.

3. Metal Flashing and Ridge Caps That Wear and Begin to Leak

Metal flashing is used in areas where different roof lines meet, or the roof intersects architectural features like upstairs walls. There may also be metal flashing used on the ridges. The metal is subject to excessive water runoff which can lead to it wearing down, and leaks can develop. Check these areas for wear and any repairs that need to be done here. If there is damage to flashing caused by wear, this is often a sign that it is time to have your roof replaced.

4. Mechanical Vents and Roof Penetrations That Leak and Cause Damage

Mechanical vents and roof penetrations are also susceptible to wear and leaks. When inspecting your roof, you will want to make sure that all the mechanical boots and roof vents are installed correctly and that there is not any damage in these areas. Replacing the mechanical boot or roof vent will often solve problems in these areas.

5. Excessive Wear of Roofing at Eaves and Gutters That Need Repair

Roofing also wears around the eaves, which is often due to weather or because of problems with gutters. Make sure to inspect these areas and have repairs done to the gutters to help prevent these types of problems. To protect your home from ice dam damage, install gutter guards to protect these areas from wear.

These are some tips to help you do a thorough inspection of your roof and have repairs done before they cause serious problems. If there is a problem that you have found with your roof, or you need help with your roof inspection, contact a professional roofing contractor for help. 

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