Roof Maintenance and Inspection (What to Look For)

Roof Maintenance and Inspection (What to Look For)

Having a regular roof inspection can ensure that your roof is in good condition and is not susceptible to damage. It is also a good way to discover problems, such as leaks or water drainage problems. It also makes it possible to determine when certain repairs should be made. Some roof repairs need to be made in the fall, while others can wait until spring.

The inspector will examine your roof for any leaks and damaged materials, including missing fasteners and loose shingles. They will also look for deteriorated shingles, which are signs that your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan. They will also check for gaps and seals around vent pipes and check for signs of water damage.

Having an annual roof inspection is crucial because it will detect any potential problems early. A lot of homeowners are busy with daily activities, and they don’t spend time checking the weather forecast. But extreme weather conditions can adversely impact your roof and other structural components. In fact, you may not even be aware of a leak until it’s too late.

What to look for in an inspection?

A roof inspection is a great way to ensure that your home is safe from natural disasters. A roofing inspector will look for signs of water damage, leaks, and deteriorating shingles. They will also inspect the gutters and the integrity of the roof’s “joints,” or sections. They will also examine the insulation and ventilation, which are critical to the roof’s longevity. If any of these elements are compromised, the roof may need extensive repair.

A good roof inspection can tell you whether your home needs a new roof right away or down the line. However, it’s important to understand the different parts of a roof before you have an inspection done. This way, you can ask a home inspector questions that will help you understand what to look for and what not to look for. It’s also important to ask about the age of the roof, warranty, and installer. This information can be helpful in the future if you’d like to make a claim.

After a roof inspection, make sure the inspector provides you with a detailed report. This report should explain the extent of the inspection. Often, a roof inspector will use drones or thermal cameras to provide better feedback.

Checking for clogged drains

It’s crucial to check your roof’s drains to prevent water from building up and causing damage. Over time, debris can accumulate and clog them, resulting in ponding and injury, particularly if it’s raining heavily. To prevent this, check them periodically, at least four times yearly. Problem drains, however, should be inspected monthly or every other month.

The best way to unclog a clogged roof drain is to run water under pressure through it. This will flush the clog down the drain until it reaches the outlet pipe. To do this, feed the hose into the drain with the clog facing it, then turn on the hose. The water will initially back up but eventually flush the clog down. Pushing the hose down can also help loosen up the clog.

Clogged drains are another problem that can lead to premature roof decay. Moreover, clogged drains can be caused by accumulated dirt. When a drain is clogged, water cannot drain properly, which can lead to damage to the roof. A blockage can also be caused by fallen tree limbs. If you regularly notice falling branches on your roof, this may be a sign that the trees around your home need maintenance.

If you suspect that your roof’s drainage system has a clogged drain, it’s time to have it cleared as soon as possible. A professional plumber can clear out clogged drains by using a sewer camera, which can detect problems in the drainage system.

Check for Cracked caulk or rust spots on flashing

Cracked caulk or rust on roof flashing can be a sign that a repair is needed. Usually, the caulk around flashing needs to be replaced every two years, but if your area experiences extreme weather conditions, you may need to replace the caulk more often.

Cracked caulk or rust-spotted flashing can also be visible inside the house. It may be present near windows, skylights, and fireplaces. If it is exposed, water may leak into the house through the leaking flashing and damage the walls and ceiling.

If the flashing is the problem, there are a number of things you can do. First, remove any shingles that may be blocking the flashing. You may have to remove several rows of single shingles so you can reach the flashing.

Check for Missing or broken shingles

When it comes to roofing maintenance and inspection, you should keep an eye out for broken or missing shingles. These can cause serious problems for your home. For example, if a shingle is missing, water will leak through it and can cause damage throughout the property. As a result, water may also pool around the foundation of the home or compromise electrical wiring.

Fortunately, repairing broken or missing shingles is not difficult. You can use leftover shingles from previous roofing projects, or you can purchase new ones. The cost of a new bundle of three-tab shingles will be about $20 for 100 square feet, and you can find them at home centers or lumberyards.

While you may be tempted to try to fix broken or missing shingles on your own, you should know that this can cause even more damage to your roof. First of all, you must determine the number of new shingles needed. If you don’t have enough money to replace the entire shingles, you can either cut them into sections or repair them individually. Be sure to remove nails and tabs before attempting to repair damaged shingles. If you have no experience, however, it would be best to call a roofing professional to assess your property’s condition.

During roof maintenance and inspection, look for cracks or splits. These may indicate that the shingles are not properly bonded to the roof. You can also inspect the flashing around the base of the roof for proper sealing. These shingles are also susceptible to damage from weather. In addition to cracks, shingles on gables should also be checked to ensure that there are no cracks or breaks in the fascia.

Look for Masses of moss and lichen leading to roof decay

Masses of moss and fungus growing on the roof of your house can cause significant damage to the structure of your roof. These fungi, which have roots like a sponge, feed on the moisture and nutrients in your roof and can cause the shingles to deteriorate and leak. In addition, lichens and mosses can erode sheet metal and other inorganic materials. These fungi may also be responsible for deteriorating inscriptions on the roof, making them unreadable.

The moss and lichen that grow on the roof will eventually lead to the decay of the roof’s structural framing elements, especially if there is inadequate ventilation in the attic. In addition, the rainwater that penetrates the roof will cause unhealthy mold growth on the interior surfaces of the home, which can lead to costly repairs. Masses of moss can also shorten the life of a shingled roof, which can be quite expensive.

The growth of moss and lichen on the roof is a common problem for homes with cool and damp climates. It is a more severe problem for homes with asphalt shingles or wood slats. Moss and lichens can also penetrate the roof’s shingles, causing them to separate. Lichens, on the other hand, don’t have as much surface area, but they are much less likely to cause problems with your roof than moss.

Check for Shingles that are curling and blistering

When you notice that your shingles are curling and blistering during a roof inspection, there are a few things you can do to prevent them from getting worse. First, make sure that your roof is properly ventilated. Secondly, make sure that your shingles are installed correctly. This will prevent curling and can ensure that you don’t void your warranty. Third, ensure that you hire a licensed roofing contractor. He or she will be able to determine the optimum ambient temperature and weather conditions for your particular shingle type.

Blistering on the surface of the shingle is a symptom of moisture buildup inside the shingles. It can also be a sign of improper ventilation in the attic or excessive amounts of sun exposure. Blistering is a common occurrence for older roofs.

Shingle blistering can be quite unsightly. However, it’s not the most serious problem. Blistered shingles have less time to weatherproof a roof and are more prone to leaks. In this case, a roofing contractor may recommend a replacement.

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Kyle Houck


About the Author

Kyle Houck is the President of Eastern Exteriors, LLC.

Eastern Exteriors, LLC is a family-owned company based in Frederick, Maryland. From new roof installation and roof repairs by professional roofers to premium window installations and expert siding installation, we are a full-service exteriors and contractor roofing company. And, if storms blow your way, we’ll be there to assess and repair the damage quickly.

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