Asphalt shingles are by far the most popular type of roofing in the United States. They’re economical, long-lasting, and they do a great job keeping the roof weather-tight. But they also cover hundreds or thousands of square feet on a house and they’re exposed to strong sun, wind, and hail over the course of many years. Of course, things can go wrong over time.
You can minimize problems with your asphalt roof by inspecting it for signs of wear or damage with this six-step program. If you spot problems promptly, you can have them repaired before any further damage occurs to the home. You’ll save a lot of money and aggravation and keep your home safe, dry and comfortable.
1. Inspect Indoors
Start your roof inspection inside the house by examining your ceiling. If you see dark areas on ceilings, damp spots near a fireplace or wood stove chimney, peeling paint near roof overhangs, or water stains on pipes that vent your furnace or water heater through the roof, you may have roof leaks.
2. Examine Shingles
After every major storm and at least once a year, inspect the asphalt shingles themselves. Using binoculars to view the roof from the ground, look for shingles that are missing, torn, or shifted out of place. Look also for shingles that are warped, curled, or lifting at the bottom edge. Any of these problems could allow water to get to the roof’s underlayment during the next hard storm, causing leaks and rot.
3. Check Flashing
Flashing is narrow strips of metal or vinyl around skylights, chimneys, and attic vents. Make sure the flashing is all in place and that caulking around its edges is intact and not cracked. If you have steel flashing, look for signs of rust as well.
4. Inspect Boots
Check to see if the rubber boots around vent pipes are cracked or torn, and that caulking around them is sound too. If the boots are beginning to deteriorate, it’s time to replace them.
5. Look for Moss and Lichen
If you find clumps of lichen or moss or any other plants growing on your roof, it might mean that the roof is suffering from major decay. Have the roof inspected by an expert. Moss killer is usually applied in the fall, and moss swept off the roof in the spring.
6. Schedule Professional Inspection
There’s a lot you can’t see from the ground, so it’s recommended that homeowners have their roof inspected annually by a roofing professional. In the Jacksonville, Florida, area, Quality Discount Roofing is your trusted friend in the roofing business.