It is highly advised that you have a professional inspection performed on your roofing system at two points throughout the year. In the spring and in the fall, it is important to know what the precipitation, wind and debris may have loosened or are threatening to damage on top of your home. However, you suspect that there may be something to tend to up there. You’ve found water pockets in your upstairs walls and mold in the attic.
It is not uncommon to suspect a leak in an older home. However, it’s not time for your regularly scheduled inspection. You want to take a look anyway because there are several more winter months left and you don’t want to risk further damage. If you know that there is an issue then you can get someone over on a dry day to repair any damage, or at least apply a sealant to get you to spring. After all, you have a 15 year old system up there, so you know that it may not have that many good years left. Regardless of the lifespan of your roofing materials, you can’t afford the risk to your inner walls, furniture, or your family’s health with all of that mold growing in and out of sight.
With the last few roofing inspections, you were told by the professionals about how you can safely check for damage in between inspections. You listened and observed, but you know that you are not a professional. This is only a preliminary check so that you can be sure of your suspicion that your roofing is in danger of needing a partial or full replacement.
The three steps include you seeing all that you can in from the outside of your home with your bare eyes, a pair of binoculars, and a ladder. First, you walk the perimeter of your home to see where you should really focus your attention. Second, you can take your binoculars across the street from your home or the far end of your backyard and take a long, slow look at the gutter, chimney, vents, and any spots of collecting water, torn or missing shingles.
Lastly, you can climb up your ladder, with a partner, and take a closer look at some of the trouble spots. All of this information can be written down to report to your roofing contractor for either the application of a sealant or for repairs. You shouldn’t have to live in worry of whether your home’s construction materials will get you through the rainy season. Paying attention to it between inspections can make a huge difference in safety and cost.