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Roof Inspection: A Handy Checklist for a Job Well-done

June 30, 2017

Roof maintenance, if not done properly, significantly adds to the expenses involved in property ownership. Homeowners usually commit the mistake of waiting until the last moment, when expensive roof replacement seems to be the only solution. It is important to be able to spring into action once you notice missing roof shingles, granules filling up the gutters, instances of water ponding, and damaged flashings, as they mean your roof has a problem. Whether you are a homeowner or a commercial property owner, it is essential to get the roof inspected periodically, to identify the warning signs and get the underlying problems fixed before the they get out of control and more expensive to fix. This post discusses various aspects of roof inspection, as well as types of roofing materials and the technique to assess damage.

Flashing

Flashings are the metal pieces used to cover seams in the roofing system to ensure water resistance. They are used in places such as dormers, chimneys, skylights, and vent pipes. If there are any instances of displaced flashings, it is important to get them repaired as soon as possible. If not repaired on time, they allow water and snow meltage to enter the interiors, causing mildew problem and potential damage to interior walls. Also, as flashings usually sustain damage during windstorms, your roof requires thorough inspection after every wind storm, and, if you live in an area that experiences hot summers and cold winters, periodic inspection saves you lots of cash.

Asphalt Roofing

Asphalt roofing shingles contain granular surfaces, and as the asphalt ages, the granules tend to become brittle and chip-off over time. If you see a lot of these granules in gutters, chances are your roof is aging and in great need of repairs. Carefully look for raised shingles, premature cracks, blistering or spots in the asphalt shingles, and closely pay attention to signs of tearing. In case you see shingles curling up, it is time for a replacement.

Wooden Shakes

In the case of wooden shingles or shakes, look for signs of dry rot or warpage. It is also important to know the difference between wooden shingles and shakes. Wooden shakes are hand-split on at least one face, and either tapered or straight, whereas shingles are sawn and tapered. If you see signs of puncture (impact of hailstone), rotting, curling, footfall splits, and hail impact splits on your wooden roofing shakes or shingles; your roof needs immediate repair.

Metal Roof

Metal roofs are perhaps the most durable, eco-friendly, and long lasting roofing system around, but like every other roof, the metal roof also has a shelf life. Ponding water and blow-offs are some of the common problems witnessed in metal roofs. While inspecting a metal roof look for signs of pitting, rusting, and corrosion that can be the natural result of aging, look for loose or open seams and joints that can lead to leaking.

Asbestos Cement Shingles

Asbestos shingles are highly durable and last a lifetime if maintained and repaired on time. If you live in the temperate region, you need to be extra cautious as asbestos is highly brittle and breaks easily in cold temperature. When inspecting your asphalt shingles roofing system, look for broken, chipped, or missing pieces. The best way is to use binoculars to have a close view of every shingle.

Wrapping Up

As a homeowner, you should be concerned about the health of your roofing system and pay special attention to its maintenance. Triumph Roofing can help you craft an appropriate maintenance regime and ensure high quality work all the time. Our experts conduct thorough roof inspection followed with repairs wherever required. Should you wish to learn more on our roof inspection services, feel free to contact us at 972-332-1766, or simply fill out this easy form and we will take it from there.

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