How to perform your own roofing inspection

Even if you have not detected any major issues with your home’s roof, it is always a good idea to perform an annual inspection of your roof. This can help you to spot any potential issues and repair them before they become big issues. Leaks especially can start very small and go unnoticed for long periods of time, so that by the time you notice the leak on the inside of your home it has caused quite a bit of damage to both your roof and the inside of your home. This guarantees that you will have to hire a roofing contractor to complete the repairs, when you could have prevented them yourself months before.  Here are the steps that you can take to perform a simple home inspection of your roofing each year to spot potential issues:

  • From the inside of the home, walk around and observe all of the walls and ceilings. Look for any changes to the texture or the color of the paint. Signs of leaks can start out very small, so take your time and use a flashlight to avoid any shadows or glare from the windows. Focus on rooms with high ceilings especially since you do not spend a lot of time looking at those areas. If you think you see an issue somewhere, try to get as close to it as you can so you can verify whether or not there is a water mark or stain there. Use a ladder if necessary to get up close to it.  Any obvious issues like peeling paint or bubbles or warping in the drywall should prompt an immediate call to your roofing company.
  • Use your nose. If you smell any musty or moldy odors, try to determine the source of the odor. Water leaks that are left untreated for long periods of time can cause slow growth of mold or mildew and can damage the integrity of the drywall.
  • Check out your attic. If you have access to your attic, take your flashlight up with you and take a look around there as well. Again, you are looking for irregular smells and sights. If you see sunlight coming into the attic from above, then you have a roofing issue that needs to be repaired.
  • Look at the roof itself. If you feel comfortable climbing up onto your roof, now is the time to do it. You want to get up there and try to take a look at the entire roof. Look for areas where shingles are missing, torn, or damaged. They need to be replaced. Also look for roof damage from hail. This might be an area that is soft to the touch or have a divot in it.
  • Check the wear on the shingles. If you don’t know what a worn shingle looks like, take a look in your rain gutters. If there is an excess of granules from the shingles, that means that they are getting worn down to the felt and need to be replaced.