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We talk about inspecting your roof for damages quite a bit. You have to know how to inspect your roof properly first. That way you know what you are looking for when you do your roof inspections. You will need to look for specific things. Here are what to look for:
1.Check flashings on the roof. Flashings are the metal pieces in a roof that cover interruptions in the roof plane, like around chimneys and vent pipes. If it appears there is damage, call a roofing contractor to fix these problems. Damaged Flashing is a quick way for water to enter the house and cause extensive damage to the interior of your home.  You can also look for rusted or corroded metal flashing.
2.Asphalt shingles have a granular surface, much like fine gravel. As the asphalt ages, it becomes brittle, and these granules will come out over time. If you see a lot of these granules in gutters, chances are the roof is aging.  Look for bare asphalt shingles, and inspect for signs of curling, cracking, or de-lamination. If you notice shingles curling up, it is time for replacement.
Soft spots signal rotting wood beneath your shingles. Do an interior inspection. Go to the top floor of your home and look for leaks or water stains on the ceiling. Go to the attic to look for any wetness under the roof.
3.If you see any missing shingles on your roof that means that your home is exposed to water damage. Loose or missing shingles mean that your roof is in pretty rough shape and has probably suffered damage from a storm or years of wear and tear.
4.Loose or exposed nails. If you see exposed nails on your roof when you look at it from a ladder that means shingles are going to become loose or go missing soon. An exposed nail on the roof surface is one of the main things roofing contractors look for when tracking leaks. This is a sign that the roof may have been poorly installed or that roofing material is missing.
Here are a list of things that you can scan for while you are up there:
Sagging on the ridges
Broken seals on shingles
Excessive granule loss on shingles
Chimney cracks
Sagging pipes (indicating dry rot)
Damaged gutters and downspouts
Fascia board that’s damaged or rotted
Siding above the roof
Gutters and eaves for proper shingle overhangs
Signs of missing caulk used to seal flashing

 

Doing a thorough check of your roof is important to your home and the lifetime of your roof. If you notice signs of wear and tear give Renaissance Roofing a call to get the problem addressed and fixed as soon as possible.