Inspection to keep your roof at its best
The roof on your home has two important jobs. One is holding the walls up, and the other is protecting you and your family. This why it is important to make sure it is in peak condition by keeping it maintained and having regular roof inspection and gutter cleaning performed. The maintenance and gutter cleaning are obvious why they are important, but the roof inspection is key, which is what we will talk about further.
A roof inspection for leaks is a no brainer. If you have a leak, you need to find it quickly before it does any more damage to your home or belongings. You can check to see where the leak is coming from yourself, and even patch it, but it always recommended having a professional roof inspection by a qualified roofing contractor.
How do you perform a roof inspection?
A professional roof inspector will perform the roof inspecting from the ground and at the eaves the following area:
- Roof covering: The roof inspection is to determine if the roof covering is providing adequate weather barrier for the structure to prevent water intrusion and water damage. This also includes the underlayment, roof geometry, local weather, type of roof roofing materials.
- Fasteners: A roof inspection will include checking the fasteners on the roof surface are corrosion-resistant type, driven in straight, flush, and snug.
- Deck sheathing: Determine if the sheathing is solid.
- Slope and underlayment: Providing protection under the roof covering and is keeping the roof covering and substrate separate.
- Ice barrier: The underlayment is modified for ice dam prevention and keep water from seeping under the roof covering.
- Drip edge: Should be made of metal that is installed at the eaves and rake to end the underlayment and asphalt shingles smoothly so that water is shed efficiently.
- Shingle Off Pattern: Three-tab strip asphalt shingles should be aligned in every other course in either a 5” or 6” pattern according to shingle manufacturer guidelines.
- Flashing: The metal valley flashing should 24 inches wide minimum and the asphalt shingles should overlap the metal flashing by 4 inches.
- Nail Penetration: For deck sheathing that is ¾ inch, the nails should penetrate ¾ of an inch in but not through the sheathing.
- Flashing: The following flashing components are in place and secure include the apron flashing, the step flashing, the backer flashing, and the counterflashing.
How often should you have a roof inspection?
The recommendation for a professional roof inspection is twice. Find a roofing contractor you can trust and inquire what their roof inspection estimate is, most have a maintenance plan you can subscribe to. As a homeowner, you should do a monthly visual or after a storm, do a visual from the ground.
Will the do a roof inspection in rain? Yes, in fact, this is the best time for a roof inspection. Unless there is lightning or a torrential downpour that can make it dangerous for the roof inspection, this is the best time to have a roof inspection performed.
This includes a roof inspection for your own home maintenance, roof inspection for insurance, or for the purpose of selling the property. In all cases, a roof inspection during the rain can find unknown leaks and other problems, like a wet basement or tiny attic leaks that have the potential of becoming a larger leak.
How long does it take to inspect a roof?
It will depend on the size of the house, the rooflines, and the access to the attic or attics. Typically, on an average-sized, one-story house, a roof inspection is 45 minutes to 1 hour. A larger house with multiple attics and rooflines could take several hours. Regardless of the size and other factors, it is usually done in one day.
How do you maintain a roof?
We advise to follow these seven roof maintenance tips to ensure your home’s roof is healthy and extend the lifespan:
- The Shingles: Check for damaged or missing shingles, cleaning the roof twice a year to keep the algae, fungus, lichen, mildew, and moss off. If you notice any damage or missing shingles, have them professionally repaired or replaced immediately.
- The Sealant: Check the roof sealant as you check the shingles and replace them as needed where there are signs of cracked, missing, or wear and tear of the sealant.
- Keep Overhanging Branches Trimmed: With your routine home maintenance roof inspection, any tree branches you see hanging over the roof, trim them back.
- Rust: If you see any corrosion or rust on any metal parts of the roof, this can be easily cleaned using a wire brush and the spray primer over it.
- Gutters: Keeping gutters cleaned so water can flow off and away from the roofline.
- Chimney Maintenance: Any mortar along or on the chimney that is cracked or missing should be replaced immediately.
- Ice Dams: During the winter, your homeowner roof inspections should include checking for any ice dams forming and bust them up.
Your home is of great value to you, and the roof is a part of that value. Keeping regular roof inspection and maintenance is important in making sure your home is protected by that roof. Get started on your roof inspection in The Woodlands, TX today when you dial 832-246-7884!