A Homeowner’s Guide to Roof Inspection

If you are thinking that you need a new roof, you will call a roofing company who would come to visit the place and inspect your roof and then give you all the details. They will go outside, get a ladder and climb up the roof to inspect the condition of the roof.

For a person who does not know much about it, this might be tough to understand that what they are looking for. For this very purpose, we have compiled a complete list of items that can help you understand the roof inspection process.


Roofing Inspection Checklist


A roof inspector will look for missing or broken shingles, any kind of organic growth on the roof, ventilation issues or if there are any ripples, blisters or buckles in shingles. Moreover, this will also include all the other areas over the roof that has been damaged due to any reason.


Missing or Broken Shingles


Asphalt shingles are so common that around 80 per cent of the homes have these in the States. When the asphalt shingles start ageing, they become brittle and after a couple of decades due to direct sunlight and extreme weather conditions, they are not in their best condition. These shingles can crack and break and the wind can tear off the pieces. In some cases, the whole shingles can come off.


However, remember that if the whole shingle comes off that means the shingles were never placed perfectly on the roof and this is the result of sloppy work.

If the shingle is flying off the roof, that means your roof needs to be replaced or repaired because the rain might have caused damage to the exterior of the roof with shingles not present on it.


Moss, Mildew or Mold


Moss and mildew can create rough and un-attractive patches on your roof and this is not right for the aesthetics. This kind of growth is a threat to the underlayment of the roof and also to the shingles.


But, you must understand that they do not grow overnight, it takes them time to grow when the roof is ignored after a storm or any severe weather condition. The Long roofing team keeps a close on such kinds of mildew and moss growth.

When this mildew and moss starts growing on the roof, they start to stop the movement and flow of water and this can cause the water to seep through the shingles into the roof.


Ventilation Problems


You must think now that whether your roof is getting proper ventilation or not. If it is not getting proper ventilation from the attic, this can create a problem that would result in the replacement of the roof.


Poor ventilation results in the rise of hot air to the attic where it heats the roof which in turn starts curling up the shingles. For homes that are present in the colder regions, this hot air can heat the ice present on the roof which will melt and starts to seep through the shingles if they are already damaged. This will turn into a bigger problem for the homeowner.


During the roof inspection, the experts look for all the vents and their conditions so that the air passes easily through them.


Multiple layers of shingles


If the home has multiple layers of shingles, then there is a chance that the roof would be damaged. If the roof is having more than one layer of shingles, that means the roof is not getting the proper ventilation and this will start damaging the roof and shingles. Your roof must have a single layer of shingles for better ventilation.


No Drip edge


Drip edge is the type of flashing that is present at the edges of the roof and it helps the water to flow around the openings of the roof. If your roof is without a drip edge, there is a chance the water might penetrate the wall, to avoid this, you must get a drip edge.

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