We are firm believers in preventative roof maintenance here at Silver Leaf Contracting. This is because we know the amount of money that can be saved over time by our customers when they opt to have frequent roof inspections. While it may be tempting to skip an inspection as you have not noticed any visible signs of roof damage, that doesn’t mean the damage doesn’t exist. In the case that it does, every single day you wait to have your roof looked at is one more day that your roof is becoming less stable. Additionally, the cost of the repair your roof will require is likely increasing by the day as well.
On the other hand, we know you don’t want to have to call your local roofer every single time a storm happens or you suspect something may be wrong with your roof. This is why it’s important to know how to conduct a roof inspection on your own.
How to complete an inspection:
If you want to inspect your own roof, there are several things you may be worried about from the get-go. First of all, we hear from our customers often that they are not too fond of heights and therefore, they would really prefer not to get on a ladder to inspect their roof. This is absolutely fine as you can inspect your roof by standing on the ground and observing it with a pair of binoculars. On the other hand, if you are not afraid of heights, feel free to climb up the ladder and check out your roof the same way we would. Just whatever you do, please take safety precautions. Make sure your ladder is secure and that you are taking your time while climbing it.
Before you get up on your roof, however, you’re going to need to know what sorts of things you should be looking for that would indicate to you that you have an issue with your roof.
Keep an eye out for:
- Cracked caulk or rusting spots on the flashing
- Buckling, curling or blistering on your shingles
- Missing or broken shingles
- Cracked and worn rubber boots surrounding your vent pipes
- A missing or damaged chimney cap
- Colored grit from roof tiles in the gutters
If you need repairs…
In the case that you notice you do need repairs after inspecting your roof, you must then decide if the repair is something you want to do on your own or if you want to hire a professional roofer. If you are simply dealing with a loose shingle, you can likely just hammer the nail back into place. On the other hand, if it is something more serious, you will likely want to hire a roofer. Not only will this save you from having to spend the time completing the repair on your own, but you will also have the peace of mind knowing that your work was completed by someone who has done the job plenty of times before.
If you need a roof inspection or repair, contact us at Silver Leaf Contracting today. We would be happy to help you with all of your roofing needs.