When do you think about your roof?
Typically, most people think about their roof when there’s a big problem. Many never think to check their roof on a regular basis for damage – out of sight, out of mind.
Here are some tips so you can avoid asking the question too late.
The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends you do a roof inspection at least two times a year — spring and fall. The best place to begin is inside your house — grab a flashlight and make a trip to the attic.
Here are four things to look for on the inside:
1) Places where the roof deck is sagging
2) Signs of water damage or leaking
3) Dark spots and trails
4) Outside light showing through the roof.
Here are four things to look for on the outside:
5) Visually inspect your roof for cracked, torn, bald or missing shingles.
6) Scan the roof for loose material or wear around chimneys, vents, pipes or other penetrations.
7) Watch out for an excessive amount of shingle granules in the gutters — this is a sign of advanced wear.
8) Check for signs of moisture, rot or mold. Note that wet spots may not be directly under your faulty shingle; water can travel down to its lowest spot before it drips. Algae growth would be dark or greenish stains.