You probably notice all kinds of different things around your home that require your attention - things such as the landscaping, siding, interior paint and cleaning the windows, but when is the last time you paid your roof any attention. Your roof requires just as much attention as the rest of your home. You should inspect it each season to look for wear and tear, missing shingles that need to be replaced, and the gutters, soffit and fascia should be inspected as well. So how do you know if your roof needs to be replaced and what types of things to look for? See below for some helpful self home inspection tips.
- Start off by taking a walk away from your home. Standing far enough back away from your house, visually inspect your home from the ground. Check to see if there are any missing shingle sections, shiny sections (indicating a loss of granules), or if they look like they're peeling upwards.
- Next, go back to your roof and get up onto a ladder. Being careful with the ladder and having someone help you hold it for safety, get onto the roof and inspect it from there. This way you get a closer look at your roof. Check for soft spots when walking, check around the vents and chimney (if you have one) for any loose shingles, and also look for torn or broken shingles. Be sure to look at your gutters as well to be sure they aren't full of leaves and other debris. The buildup can work like a dam and the excess water can damage your roof, attic and ceiling.
- Go back onto the ground below to look around your home for things like shingle granules on the ground, indicating you have lost a lot of granules from your shingles. Look to see that the your gutters are still properly attached securely to your home, including the downspouts.
- Look inside the attic first to see if you notice any water spots on the wood above, or if there is insulation, look for any presence of mold or mildew. If there is light shining through your attic, there may be a hole, check this as well.
- Next, check your walls for signs of water stains or soft spots, and check your ceilings for sagging.
If your roof is older than ten years old and you begin noticing the issues above, it may be time to replace your roof. If you notice a problem, it's best to contact professional roofing contractors to inspect it further and to give you an estimate on a new roof.