Roof Inspection Tips for New Homeowners
The best time for homeowners to inspect the condition of their roof is during the spring and fall. This way, issues can be detected early enough so work can be performed at the optimal times of the year. Of course, roof repairs can be done in any season, but if there are major issues, it’s good to avoid further problems that arise due to the more extreme temperatures in the cold or hot months.
While the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends hiring a professional roofing contractor to help inspect your roof, it’s perfectly reasonable to do so on your own. If you want to take matters into your own hands, it’s important to follow certain protocol, not only so you know how to identify even the slightest concerns, but also for your own safety.
Roof Inspection Safety
Unless you simply prefer to set aside a budget to pay someone else to clean your gutters, most homeowners can do so themselves. Keeping your gutter system clean is really important because clogged gutters can play a part in creating water damage or even a leaky roof.
When you inspect and clean your gutters (and your roof, for that matter), don’t forget about the importance of safe ladder use:
– The first step is to make sure the ladder is on level and firm ground (or it could be the last step you take!). Before you get on your ladder, make sure the rungs and rails are not damaged.
– Extend the ladder three feet past the gutter. For every four feet of height to the eave, angle the ladder a foot from the house.
– Make sure the ladder is secured at the top to avoid slipping.
– Always climb with both hands on the ladder.
When you are on the ladder, here’s what you should look for on your roof:
– If you see shingles that are blistering, buckling, or curling, it means they are at the end of their life expectancy and need to be replaced.
– Another sign that roof repair is in your future is if you see wear or loose material around a chimney, pipes, or anything else protruding from the roof.
– When inspecting your gutters, it’s not just excessive organic debris you need to look for. If there is an excessive amount of shingle granules present, the shingles may need to be replaced.
If you notice any evidence that work needs to be done on your roof, do some due diligence before hiring a roofing contractor. The general idea is to confirm their credentials and that they have a proven track record of results and a good reputation. Check that they have a physical business address, tax identification, proof of insurance, and warranties. Also look for independent reviews or references from past customers.
At Warner Roofing, roofing is our business, so consult our experts with any questions that you have about the health of your roof. We are here to give you advice, analysis, and direction with repair, re-roofing, even solar tubing. We have been providing friendly, local expertise in roofing for Vancouver residents since 1992. Contact us today!