The roof can face different forms of problems, but some of them are often noted during the rainy seasons when the roof start to leak. Finding where the problem lies can at times be a challenge. Sometimes, where the roof is leaking is not where the problem is; the problem can be at any point of the roof.
On the other hand, several obvious damages can be detected such as stains on the ceiling and walls, missing or damaged shingles among other issues. The best way to discover problems with your roof is to conduct an inspection starting with an indoor inspection then proceeding to the outdoor.
Indoor Inspection Guide
The main thing to look for when doing the indoor inspection is moisture marks, which can be gray, brown, or yellow in color. Peeling paint, swollen timber, and warping wood are also sings of possible moisture. Where there is moisture means, there is leakage. Here are some of the things to consider for the indoor inspection.
- Consider having the inspection done by a professional and this should be on a routine basis. Monitoring the ceiling and the walls does play a vital role in watching out for any roof damage. However, this will not be enough. A complete inspect of the inner structural integrity of the roof should be done on a regular basis. You can learn how to do the most basic of inspections that will go a long way in keeping issues at bay.
- Check roof flashing because leakage often happens at flashings. Flashing around the vents, chimneys, wall, roof junctions, and skylights should be tight to avoid any leaks.
- Check the ventilation to ensure that they are not blocked. A poorly ventilated roof is prone to damage due to the build-up of heat and moisture.
- Mark any damaged areas of the roof that you will find to make it easier to check on the same when doing the outdoor roof inspection.
Outdoor Inspection Guide
The outdoor inspection significantly comprises of a visual inspection, which will often major on checking for any damaged or missing shingles. Some of the problems to be on the lookout for include curled, cracked, torn, or chipped shingles. Extensive damage to the roof might at times lead to the replacement of the affected section of the roof. Signs of problems with your roof when doing an outdoor inspection are often very apparent, more so because this part of the roof is exposed to the elements all year round. Experts at Roofing Miami recommend a bi-yearly inspection (see video below for more on this company). Some of the issues to be on the lookout for when conduction the outdoor inspection include:
- Loss of granulation, curling, chipping, or missing shingles
- Mould, splitting, curling or decay of wood
- Chips, cracks, or rusting on metals
- Ruptured patches, tears, or cracks for flat roofs (this should also be checked for the inside)
- Leaks, sagging, bending, and rusting on the gutters. It is also important to clean the gutters during the inspection to ensure you do not miss any spot
- Damaged flashing in the dormers, chimneys, and vents; paying keen attention to not any damage to the brick or cracks in the joints