Roof inspection is one of those tasks that should be part of your spring cleaning routine, as it helps you keep tabs on your roof’s health. An organized inspection plan can save you time and make sure you don’t miss out on anything, particularly problems that will need the attention of a roofing professional.
In this blog, the roofers at D & M Roofing helps make your roofing inspection with a handy roofing inspection checklist.
Moss and Algae
Moss and algae grow on asphalt shingles from airborne spores. The combination of moisture, shade, and the mineral content of asphalt shingle granules create an environment that’s favorable for growth. There are ways to remove and prevent moss and algae: zinc strips on the roof ridge, carefully washing the roof with diluted bleach, or having the roof cleaned professionally.
Flashing is the strips of metal that protect vulnerable areas on the roof, such as roof valleys and transitions between walls, dormers and pipes. Keep an eye out for missing, dislodged, or corroded flashing. These will need to be replaced by a roofing professional.
Check for curled, cupped or blistered asphalt shingles. They indicate wear and tear, as well as aging. You also need to take note of damaged or missing shingles. These shingles will need to be replaced soon. Setting an appointment for roof repairs during spring not only helps you avoid the summer rush, but will also help you prepare for summer storms.
Look for tree branches that may be touching the roof. They can scrape the granules off asphalt shingles or the protective coating off standing seam metal roofs. Trim the branches and create clearance of about 10 feet from the roof surface, either by yourself (using proper safety gear) or by hiring a local arborist. In addition to preventing damage, trimming the branches can also help reduce the leaves that get into the gutters.
Your roofing inspection should also include the attic. Pay attention to any light coming through the roof, as it indicates holes that will need to be patched up. Scan the attic walls and rafters for water stains, clumping insulation, and mold: they are signs of water infiltration. Lastly, you should feel air currents coming from the soffits. If you don’t, and if the attic feels too hot, it’s not getting enough ventilation, and the roof will therefore need repairs.