If you’re dealing with possible roof issues, you have enough stress already. At Tornado Roofing Co., we want to take that stress from your plate. Here’s what to expect during a roof inspection.
When Do You Need a Roof Inspection?
There are five main reasons why you might need roof inspection services. You may have also noticed water or water stains in your home where it doesn’t belong. Maybe you’re buying a home or renewing your home insurance. It could be that your house just recently went through a major storm.
Another option is that you want to start a preventative roof maintenance routine. Not everyone knows that they should have a roof inspection at least twice a year. This keeps you ahead of the curve when it comes to leaks and possible damage. Don’t wait to discover a problem. Take care of it before it becomes an issue.
Homeowner Inspection vs. Professional Inspection
Most homeowners can see obvious roof issues, like missing shingles or clogged gutters. Or when water is leaking into the house, it’s obvious it needs repair. However, if you’re trying to prevent these issues from happening, a professional can help. During a roof inspection, they can see what might cause leaking in the future.
Finding Early Signs of a Leak
Early signs of leaking can include dark areas on the ceiling. You might also see peeling paint under your roof overhangs. Another sign could be damp spots around or next to your fireplaces. Water stains on the pipes that vent your furnace or water heater are another sign.
Interior vs. Exterior
Interior roof inspection includes checking for proper ventilation, insulation, and moisture or mold. On the outside, inspectors look for leaks and the condition of your shingles and chimney. They also look at your flashing, to make sure it was installed properly.
What Do Professionals Look For?
Your roof inspector will search for different issues, depending on the type of roof you have. A roof with shingles will have different issues than a metal roof. For shingle roofs, common issues include mold, shingle deterioration, and clogged gutters. Metal roofs might have rust, loose seams, or damaged flashing.
Missing or Broken Shingles
About 80% of homeowners in the United States have asphalt shingle roofs. As shingles get older, they start to crack and break. High winds can tear pieces or even entire shingles off of a roof. If large pieces start to fall off your roof, it could mean faulty installation.
Moss, Mold, or Mildew
These issues not only look ugly, but they also cause damage to your roof. They are signs of moisture build-up on your roof, which leads to leaking. As they grow, they keep water from leaving the roof, trapping it on the surface. This leads to more mildew, moss, and mold, causing more damage to your shingles.
If your gutters have excess loose shingle granules, your shingles are shedding. This is a sign that they’re getting old and might need replacing. The granules add weight to your shingles and protect them from the sun. Gutter build-up can also cause water damage at the edges of your roof.
Improperly ventilated attics cause hot air from your house to heat up the roof deck. This ages your shingles and causes them to crack or curl. Inspectors will check for eave vents, ridge vents, exhaust vents, and mechanical ventilation systems. These vents allow moist air out of the house while letting cool air come in.
Uneven roof planes and sagging rooflines likely mean you have structural damage. Sometimes replacing the plywood underneath the roofing is enough. Other times, a more extensive solution is needed.
Cracked Caulk or Rust Spots on Flashing
Flashing covers joints and edges where the roof joins other materials, preventing moisture. Issues with those barriers can lead to water damage. They won’t last as long as a roofing material, so replace or repair them when necessary.
Blisters, Ripples, or Buckles
Your roofing covers a flat surface, so ripples, blisters, or buckles hint at roof issues. This could mean that your shingles are old or that you have too many layers. They could have been improperly installed, or your roof is improperly ventilated. Other options include damaged sheathing or wet underlayment.
Too Many Layers
In some places, there’s a limit to the number of layers a roof can have. If your roof already has that limit, they need to be removed before re-roofing. Having many layers causes improper ventilation, which leads to heat and moisture beneath your shingles. Layering also causes the new roofing to conform to the old layer, sometimes causing issues.
No Drip Edge
Drip edge is the flashing that edges your roof, underneath the first row of shingles. It helps lead the water off your roof and into the gutter. Water damage occurs if you lack a drip edge or if it’s improperly installed. Your fascia boards will likely rot, leading to further damage to your roof.
If you have water leaking into your home, repair or replacement is necessary. By the time you notice the leak inside, the damage has already been done. If not taken care of early, water damages the trusses and joists of your roof. This leads to structural issues, so take care of the problem as quickly as possible.
The Inspection is Done, Now What?
After the inspection, you’ll receive a Florida roof inspection report. It will detail the condition of your roof and suggest necessary repairs. This usually includes an estimated cost of those repairs.
Doing Your own Roof Repairs
Depending on the condition of the roof, you could do some of the repairs yourself. Some minor roof repairs you may feel comfortable doing on your own. It’s not too difficult to replace shingles and caulk flashing if you’re comfortable doing so. It’s less than $30 for a bundle of shingles and under $10 for caulking.
It’s important that you have at least two bids for repair estimates. Common roof repairs include replacing broken shingles for $100 to $150. Larger repairs are anywhere between $100 to $350 for a 10ft-by-10ft section of asphalt roofing.
If your asphalt roof is older than 15 years, it may be time for a replacement. According to the National Association of REALTORS®️, you’ll recover 109% of your investment. If you ever decide to sell your home, a new roof will raise your appraisal.
Roof Maintenance Tips
Once you’ve made the necessary repairs to your roof, it’s best to maintain it. Keeping ahead of the game will save you more money in the end. You’ll catch early warning signs and fix them before they cause bigger problems.
Keeping Your Roof Free of Debris
Do your best to keep your roof clean and free of debris. Leaves and small sticks can be removed with a leaf blower from the ground. Larger debris should be removed by professionals.
Keep Your Gutters Clean
Cleaning gutters involves ladders, so if you are not comfortable with that, call professionals. Gutter build-up can lead to water damage, so the cleaner, the better.
Regular Roof Inspection
As mentioned above, there are certain aspects that you can do yourself. However, it’s a good idea to plan for at least two roof inspections a year. Click here to schedule your next roof inspection with Tornado Roofing Co.