How to Inspect Your Own Roof

R_F_75603 (4)Many people are only compelled to check the status of their roofs whenever they suspect there is a leakage or damage by harsh elements of weather. While this is not wrong, the truth is that it is important to regularly inspect your roof to correct any damages or prevent potential damages. This is because roofs just like any other part of the house are made of materials that are subject to wear and tear. Therefore, regular inspection is a great move in protecting your roof. One of the questions that many people will often ask is how to inspect the roof.

To answer this, it is important to state that for you to know how to inspect your own roof you will first need to know what you need to look for as well as what you should expect in terms of care and this is largely dependent on your roof type. Having said that, it is also worth noting that when a roof is neglected the cost of repair or replacement is likely to be high. Inspecting your roof will require you to get on it thus; you will first need a good ladder that is stable. You also must ensure that you are dressed properly for the task by avoiding loose clothing that can be caught and wearing rubber soled shoes that will ensure you stay firmly on the roof without falling or even slipping.

Inspecting your roof will require that you run your eyes across the surface of the roof to see whether there are any shingles that are damaged or missing. Should you spot any that needs to be fixed then you must mark the spot so that you show your roofing contractor when they come. The other thing that you need to look out for when inspecting your own roof is areas that may be sagging. This is especially recommended for older homes because it may be a result of worn out structures underneath.

The flashings that surround the ventilation pipes also need to be checked carefully because they sometimes tend to stick through the roof leading to leakages. In most cases, the flashings loosen up because of the weakening of roofing tars thereby allowing water to seep through to the house. The weather is another great contributor to the roof’s wear and tear therefore you will need to generally examine whether the roof can withstand harsh climatic conditions especially if you are getting into a season like winter because these also tend to reduce the roof’s lifespan. This means that if you live in Salt Lake County or Utah County you also need to know the weather patterns.

Finally, when inspecting your house in Sandy you need to pay attention to the gutters because if they are not properly in place then they could end up holding water on the roof and this can damage other aspects of the roof. In summary, while many people rely on professional roofers to inspect their roofs you will be pleased to know that you do not have to be an expert as long as you know what is required. When you know how to inspect, you own roof then you can be sure of saving on the costs that you could have paid the professional.

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