We recommend that homeowners have their roof inspected on a regular basis. It’s like going to your doctor for your annual check-up. You may find problems and prevent them from becoming more serious.
The older your roof, the more vulnerable it becomes. Even if your roof and its shingles appear to look fine, a careful inspection may reveal less obvious damage, so don’t let a superficial appearance lull you into a false sense of security.
Some roofing contractors offer a very basic roof inspection service that consists of checking the roof’s exterior and components such as metal flashings; however, a more thorough inspection can help identify areas of potential concern and alert the homeowner to problems that possibly might lead to further, and more costly, damage.
The roof inspection checklist below is just a General Guideline and some Contractor may offer more and some less:
Exterior Roof Inspection Check List
- Severely blistered, curled or split shingles
- Loose or missing shingles
- Loose or exposed nails
- Improperly seated nails that “popped”
- Broken or loose shingles at the ridge and hip lines
- Signs of missing caulk used to seal flashing
- Rusty or corroded metal flashing
- Damaged or missing flashing
- Sagging on the ridges
- Broken seals on shingles
- Excessive granule loss on shingles
- Chimney cracks or damaged flashings
- Damaged gutters and downspouts
- Fascia board that’s damaged or rotted
Identify if there is any missing caulking or if there are holes in old caulk that could cause a leaky roof. When it comes to leaky roofs, it’s recommended to fix them sooner rather than later to avoid any mold, rotting wood or ruined insulation. To help prevent this, missing or cracked caulking can be removed, scrubbed clean and be sealed with new roofing caulk.
The interior side of your roof needs looking after as well. Keep an eye out for any mold that might have been caused by moisture, signs of water damage, peeling wallpaper or outside light coming through. Also, look at the roof sheathing for any cracks or traces of rotting. If any sheathing has been damaged, it can cause structural damage to your roof. If you notice the sheathing is in need of repair, you can contact a licensed roofing contractor.