Roof Inspection Tips for Fall

September 19th, 2014

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It’s fall, and that means it’s high time to inspect your roof, and clean leaves and loose debris out of your gutter. This also makes it a perfect time to conduct a roof inspection before the wet winter weather sets in. Doing regular roof inspections before a leak starts can save you thousands and increase the overall lifetime of your investment in your roof. 

Most people choose to hire a professional to perform the inspection, first because climbing on a roof can be dangerous, and secondly because a trained eye may be able to diagnose problems that the untrained eye will not see. 

However, if you don’t want to hire someone to do the inspection for you, there are a few things to keep in mind to make your time on the ladder worthwhile. First, make sure that you place the ladder properly on solid, level ground. Extend the ladder three feet beyond the gutter, and at least one foot back from the wall of the house for every few feet of eve space. Climb with both hands. 

Once you’re at roof height, you’ll need to look for a few specific things. First, check the gutters and downspouts to see if they need clearing. If there is debris collected there, you might want to consider installing, or having a professional roof & gutter team, install protective screens. 

Next, look for shingles that appear old—this may look like buckled, cracked, blistering, or curling shingles. Pay special attention to the area around chimneys, pipes, or anything else that protrudes through the roof shingles. Check these areas for wear or loose material. Check gutters and downspouts for excessive roof shingle granules. 

Old roofs may shed granules from weather and UV rays, and that means that they’re losing their protective coating. Typically, a roof will need repair every ten years or so.   Regular inspections will help you identify and fix small problems before they become major disasters.