Once again, spring has arrived, which means it’s your yearly roofing inspection time. Don’t worry if you haven’t done this before. Four Seasons Roofing, one of the top roofing companies in and around Seattle, has a helpful checklist to get you going.
Why Do You Need to Check Your Roof?
You may be wondering why you need to carry out an inspection when a professional can do it instead. Professional roof inspections are typically performed every two to three years, though that is certainly an option. Between inspections, a lot could happen, so in the meantime, it’s your duty to keep an eye on your roof.
You can safely inspect your roof from your yard. Use a good pair of binoculars on a clear day to examine every inch of your roof from all angles. Be cautious if you decide you need to climb up there and get a better look. Make sure you have assistance from the ground and use a sturdy ladder. If you’re unsure whether you can safely climb onto a roof, contact a professional roofing company instead. Keep in mind that professionals have the training and tools necessary to do so.
Checklist for Roof Inspections
You should pay close attention to the following when inspecting your roof:
Flashing, which is made of metal strips, should be installed around valleys, protrusions, and any other type of break in the roof deck to prevent water penetration.
Rubber boots may be used in place of flashing on protrusions such as chimneys and vent pipes.
All of these components must be present, positioned correctly, and free of cracks and other obvious signs of wear.
Take note of shingles that are blistering, curling, or buckling. These shingles are probably irreparably damaged.
Keep an eye out for shallow dents, which are indicators of impact from hailstones or other debris and are harder to spot than missing or broken shingles. Additionally, you might come across loose nails on the ground or in the gutters.
- Metal Roofs
Keep an eye out for deep dents in your metal roof because they might contain tiny tears that could let water in.
Take notice of any indications of exposed metal as well as any blistered or peeled paint. If your roof needs to be repainted or recoated, take advantage of the opportunity to add features like cool roofing, which can increase the energy efficiency of your house.
- Lichen and Moss
Masses of moss and lichen are a sign that the roof is decaying and will need extensive repairs.
Stains and streaks of black are only a cosmetic concern and are easily cleaned.
What should you do when you find any of these roof problems?
Turn to Four Seasons Roofing and we’ll help you with all your roofing replacement, installation, and repair needs. Call us today to schedule a free, no-obligation quote. We serve many areas in and around Seattle, WA.