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 an excellent 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 must be made in the fall, while others can wait until spring.

The inspector will examine your roof for 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.

An annual roof inspection is crucial because it will detect potential problems early. Many homeowners are busy with daily activities and don’t spend time checking the weather forecast. But extreme weather conditions can adversely impact your roof and other structural components. You may not even know about a leak until it’s too late.

What to look for in an inspection?

A roof inspection is a great way to ensure 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 critical to the roof’s longevity. The roof may need extensive repair if any of these elements are compromised.

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

After a roof inspection, ensure the inspector provides you with a detailed report. This report should explain the extent of the inspection. A roof inspector often uses 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. 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. When a drain is clogged, water cannot drain properly, which can damage the roof. Moreover, clogged drains can be caused by accumulated dirt. Len tree limbs can also cause a blockage. 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 your roof’s drainage system has a clogged drain, it’s time to clear it as soon as possible. A professional plumber can clear out clogged drains using a sewer camera, which can detect problems in the drainage system.

Check for Cracked caulk or rust spots on the flashing.

Cracked caulk or rust on roof flashing indicates a repair is needed. Usually, the caulk around the flashing must 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 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 several things you can do. First, remove any shingles that may be blocking the flashing. You may have to remove several rows of single shingles to reach the flashing.

Check for Missing or broken shingles.

Regarding roofing maintenance and inspection, you should watch for broken or missing shingles. These can cause severe 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 home’s foundation or compromise electrical wiring.

Fortunately, repairing broken or missing shingles is not tricky. You can use leftover shingles from previous roofing projects or 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 cut them into sections or repair them individually. Be sure to remove nails and tabs before attempting to repair damaged shingles. However, if you have no experience, 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, gable shingles should also be checked to ensure 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 home’s interior surfaces, which can lead to costly repairs. Masses of moss can also shorten the life of a shingled roof, which can be 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. On the other hand, Lichens 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, you can do a few things to prevent them from getting worse. First, make sure that your roof is adequately ventilated. Secondly, make sure that your shingles are installed correctly. This will prevent curling and ensure you don’t void your warranty. Third, ensure that you hire a licensed roofing contractor. They can determine your particular shingle type’s optimum ambient temperature and weather conditions.

Blistering is a common occurrence for older roofs. Blistering on the shingle’s surface 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.

Shingle blistering can be pretty unsightly. However, it’s not the most severe 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.

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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