If you're like most people, you probably don't actually climb up onto your roof to complete an inspection very often. In fact, you may not even think about something as simple as a roof inspection until you notice that you're having problems with your roof. The fact is, your roof is an extremely important part of your house. After all, it is the thing that protects your family members and all of your belongings from the elements outside. So you need to do what you can to keep your roof in good shape. Fortunately, there are a few simple things that you can do to determine whether you need to call in a roofing company to make repairs.
Inspect the Attic
If you're seeing water damage on your walls and ceiling, you already have a big problem. By the time you notice water spots on the drywall, you don't only have a small leak in your roof. So instead of waiting until you notice a random leak, take the time to inspect your attic for leaks on a regular basis. If there is a leak in your roof, you'll be able to spot the same kind of signs in the attic as you do on your drywall — they'll just appear in the attic first, so you can have the leak repaired before it becomes a major problem. In addition to looking for water spots on the attic walls or ceiling, look for light shining into the room from the outside. If you find water damage or outside light in your attic, it's time to call a roofing company for a professional inspection and repairs.
Look Up at the Roof
When you leave your house, stop occasionally and look up at your roof. Sometimes you can spot roof damage, such as missing shingles, damaged shingles, sagging, damaged flashing, and mold/algae growth, from the ground. All you need to do is take a few seconds out of your day to look.
Inspect the Drainage System
You may clean out your home's gutters and downspouts a few times every year to make sure they aren't clogged, but do you know what type of debris comes out of your downspouts? After the next storm in your area passes, look at the ground underneath your downspouts for small pieces of roof shingles and sand-like granules. If you find either, it could indicate your roof is starting to deteriorate.
All roofs are designed so that they last a long time, so if your roof is fairly new, you might not need to watch for signs of leaks and damage as often as you would if you had an older roof. If you do find a problem, call a local roofing company like GBS Enterprises Roofing for a repair estimate as soon as possible.Share