An annual roof inspection is one of the best preventative home maintenance measures you can take. Think of it as going to the dentist each year—even if you don’t think you have a cavity, you need the check up to head off any problems before they get worse. Here’s the simple roof inspection checklist every homeowner should follow.
Asphalt: Check for granular loss, bending, or curling. Any shingles with these signs of wear need to be replace soon, if not immediately,
Metal: Metal roofs are prone to corrosion, loose panels, and bends. Seams should be checked for water tightness.
Wood: Check wood shingles for mold, mildew, warping, and rot. If the shingles are visibly moldy or mossy, don’t try to walk across them as they’re likely slippery. It’s time to call in a local professional.
Tiles: If you notice chips, cracks, or broken tiles, they should be replaced or inspected by a professional.
Inspecting Roof Features
In addition to inspecting shingles, you should also inspect roof features. Check the chimney, vents, gutters, fascia and skylight for any visible signs of damage. If you notice a component in fair or poor condition, it should be repaired, replaced, or inspected by a professional.
Early Signs of Damage
Don’t ignore that dark patch on the ceiling, water stains near the furnace, peeling paint on roof overhangs, or damp spots near the fireplace. These can all be signs of roof damage. A roof inspector can give you an assessment before a potentially expensive repair.