How often do you find yourself looking at your roof?
Most of us come and go so quickly on our way that we never notice anything until it is too late. We are likely never to really look at our roof system until something presents itself. Inspection of a roof can be difficult as issues usually present themselves “under the hood” and not knowing sooner than later results in a new roof replacement.
Inspecting your roof inside:
It is recommended that you inspect your roof at least twice a year, usually around spring and fall. You may thing that inspection starts on top, but actually inspecting the inside is usually the best place to start. Inspect any areas that might be discoloration or at worse dark patches or black spots; this may be mold from water leaks.
Top SIX things to look for inside your home:
- Roof desk is sagging
- Signs of water damage or leaking
- Dark spots or trails
- Outside light showing through roof
- Noise in attic
- Beehives, birds entering or exiting your roof line
Inspecting your roof outside:
**We encourage caution whenever you climb on top of your roof system to do an inspection. A qualified roof company like Statewide Roofing can inspect your roof safely—call us today!
An inspection of the exterior of the roof starts with looking for tears, missing or damaged shingles (curling, tears, or rotting), separation of roof material from chimney, air vents and pipes damaged or broken; any discoloration that is dark or presents with black debris that may be fungus, algae or other growth that is not supposed to be there.
Signs of moisture
Check any signs of moisture, soft wood structure, rot or mold. Is the roof line sagging, warped inwards–you may have a damaged truss or roofing structure inside the attic.
Damaged shingles or flashing that redirects water where it may wear heavily onto existing good shingles is also assessed for future damage, mold and roof material (shingle granules) run-off.
How is the drainage?
It is very important to make sure gutters and downspouts are free of debris and securely attached under flashing providing proper water drainage. Drains should remain unobstructed and allow the flow of water freely and exit away from the roof line.
Lastly, an inspection of the bath, kitchen and dryer vents to ensure they are properly flashed and secured allowing their exhausts to exit the structure.
What is your roof made of?
Is your roof shingles, cedar/shake, tile/slate, patch-down? There are all sorts of different materials that comprise your roofing system. They all have their pros and cons—and likely are more common based on the type of structure and what part of the country your live in. For the Pacific Northwest, are common materials and shingles, cedar and tile/slate.
Shingles are susceptible to mold, algae and rot, while wood structured materials are damaged by termites, carpenter ants many other wood-boring inspects that might be common to your region.
Other materials are metal and concrete: some residents may have metal roofs, these are commonly found commercially along with concrete and torch-down.
Check the simplest solutions first
If your roof has water damage, don’t jump the gun and assume you need to start all over with a brand new roof. The California Contractors State License Board says that if your roof was properly installed and is less than than 15 to 20 years old, it can often be repaired rather than replaced.
Option for a roof replacement
Your weather and specific issues in your community will dictate what materials are available to you. For example, wood and asphalt shingles aren’t especially fire resistant — and this could be a problem if you live near a lot of dry brush and trees. Slate, tile and metal are more expensive materials, but they are a worthwhile investment because of the extra protection they offer against fire.
Ask yourself this
Do you have issues with down-pours, long winters with lots of snow? Do you want a durable material or a lightweight structure due to the age and stability of your roof system? Confused by the warranties? Looking for yearly maintenance and cleaning? Interested in a repair job rather than a new roof?
Talk to Statewide Roofing today for all of your roofing news in the greater Puget Sound area. We service as far south as Olympia and as far north as Seattle.