Your roof loves you. It must since it’s the roof’s job to literally take a beating to protect your home.
But it is a hard job. Environmental changes of temperature, rain, snow, sleet, ice, ultraviolet radiation, damp shade, wet leaves and any number of factors can take their toll on roofing such as asphalt shingles. Twice a year such as in the Spring and Fall it is a good idea to walk the roof and make a visual inspection of its condition.
You can of course try to gauge condition from the ground using binoculars but better results will happen if you get up on the roof and walk it. Please note that whenever using a ladder to access the roof you should know and apply ladder safety.
Here are some key areas to evaluate when making a visual roof inspection. You’ll want to check the main roof components involving shingles, flashing and gutters.
Check the Roof Shingles:
- Check the condition of your roofs shingles. Damaged shingles that are loose, curled, blistered, broken or even missing need to be repaired quickly. Carefully lift a shingle and make sure you see roofing underlayment between the shingles and the roof decking. If this critical underlayment is missing the roof has been installed improperly and needs replacement. Without underlayment water damage will continue to occur in your home and to the roof shingles.
- Shingles that curl up or down do it as a result of being improper installed, due to environmental conditions or age.
- Buckling shingles are usually caused by lack of roofing underlayment.
Cracked or bent shingles often occur as a result of weather conditions, age and general wear.
- Roof shingles disintegrating from age is a serious problem requiring roof replacement.