What Use is a Roof Inspection?
Each year, water damage from leaky roofs causes millions of dollars in damage to homes and business in Texas. Moisture causes more damages to roofs than weather damage, termite infestations, and fires combined! All this damage can be guarded against by performing regular roof inspections. These regular inspections not only give you the certainty that your home or business is in top shape, but in the event that a problem is found, it can save tons of money by catching a roof problem early!
Why Hire a Professional to Inspect your Roof?
What you are not trained to see can and will hurt your wallet! Let Shuff Construction send out a professional roof inspector that is certified and insured, capable of spotting problems before they occur! Professional roof inspections are one of the most important parts of standard building maintenance. Being able to catch roofing problems early on is a measure one can take with relatively little effort by calling in a professional contactor who specializes in detecting damage before it hurts your bottom line! It is simple common sense that you should have your roof inspection be as thorough as possible, and only a professional is trained to spot the troublesome areas you might miss with a casual visual inspection. Roof inspector contractors search for both necessary roof repair work as well as for circumstances that may cause your roof to leak in the future!
How Often Should my Roof be Inspected?
Shuff Construction and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NCRA) recommends that you have your roof inspected at least twice a year by a professional. The best times for this are in the months of Spring and Fall. Aside from any professional inspection, you should also regularly check for anything major that you might be able to spot yourself.
What Can I Look For in a Personal Roof Inspection?
Though you may not be able to spot as much as a professional, you can still keep up to date with the safety and function of your roof. Here are a few easy things to spot yourself. If you notice any of this, please call Shuff Construction right away so that we can help to prevent any further damage.
From Inside the Attic:
- Check for places where the roof deck is sagging
- Signs of leaking or water damage
- Dark spots and trails
- Outside light showing through the roof.
Exterior Roof Check
When you take a look at the exterior of the roof, pay attention to such things as damaged flashing, missing shingles, curling, blistering, buckling, rotting and algae growth (which occurs most often in humid climates and appears as dark or greenish stains). You can also:
- Visually inspect your roof for cracked, torn, bald or missing shingles.
- Scan the roof for loose material or wear around chimneys, vents, pipes or other penetrations.
- Watch out for an excessive amount of shingle granules (they look like large grains of sand) in the gutters — this is a sign of advanced wear on your roof.
- Check for signs of moisture, rot or mold. Note that wet spots may not be directly under your faulty shingle; water can travel down to its lowest spot before it drips. Mold, fungi and bacteria can grow quickly – within 24 to 48 hours of a water-related problem.
- Examine the drainage, and make sure gutters and downspouts are securely attached. Also ensure all drains are open and allow water to exit, and all gutters and downspouts are free of debris.
- Check that all bath, kitchen and dryer vents go entirely outside of your home, not just into the attic space.
What if you don’t see a problem with your roof?
What you don’t know CAN hurt you. Be sure to call Shuff Construction so that they can provide a professional roofing inspection. They will help you determine if your roof is in good working order, will give you tips to maintain the roof, and will let you know when it is a good time to replace a worn out roof. A simple roof inspection now can save you tons of hassle, headache, and money in the future.