6 Steps to Identify Potential Roof Issues
Old proverbs, in many religions, talk about the importance of having a roof over our heads. While the origin of the proverb was surely not based around taking good care of the roof of your home, you cannot deny that it very well could have been the case.
Having a roof in bad condition can cause so many issues, that it is better to be extra careful when dealing with the roof’s maintenance. Considering other walls of the home are all solid, your roof is the only thing that is keeping the elements of nature outside of the home. A bad roof can cost thousands in repair, even after costing thousands in the damages caused.
This is why it becomes important to know how you can inspect your roof for damages due to various weather conditions like snow, storms and heavy rainfall. Below, we list some of the ways you can do exactly that.
1. Check the insides
Go to the top floor of your house and do a thorough inspection to check if you can spot any signs of a damaged roof. Look for damp spots, blisters, or bubbles forming on the ceiling. Any of these would mean that the roof has leaks in it, so the earlier you spot these, the faster you can do the repair work on the roof. Also, check near the fireplace for damp spots too as that is the most common area where the roof usually has issues.
2. Go a step above
Enter the loft to check for any signs of roof damage. The ideal time to do this is when the sun is out and shining, so any leaks would let the sunrays in, letting you instantly know if the roof is not in mint condition. Also, if it has rained recently, look for wet spots on the loft.
3. Check the outsides
Once you have checked the roof’s health from the inside, it is time to step out. Pay extra attention to your safety before you go on the roof to check its condition. Once up, don’t be satisfied by just finding that there are no missing shingles or tiles. Check if the roof looks uneven. Also check if there are too many dark spots. If there are, investigate them from a closer range. Also look for cracked shingles as they are prone to further damage.
4. Check the chimney
The chimney will be sealed in a way to ensure that no water seeps in through the outer walls of your chimney. If you have any windows or other structures piercing the roof, you should thoroughly check the sealant around these things to ensure that there is no room for water to drip in.
5. Moss check
Make sure you know how to differentiate between moss and algae. Although algae is unwanted too, it poses no harm to the quality of your roof. Moss on the other hand tends to hold a lot of water. If you see any moss, you have to get rid of it immediately. If it can be brushed off, do so as soon as possible. If the moss is more established, used readily available products in the market to kill them. The faster you do this, the better!
6. Clean the gutters
A clogged gutter will obstruct the flow of water. This water will then end up staying in the gutters and eventually seep into the house. The water can also seep into the roof, eventually damaging it permanently. A good way to ensure this does not happen to you is to install gutter brushes. They do an awesome job of keeping all the debris away from the gutters.
Follow these six steps and you will always identify a roof issue before it gets too serious.