How to Perform a Basic Scottsdale Roof Inspection on Your Own!
Getting a routine roof inspection is important to the ongoing health of your Scottsdale roof. By catching problems early, you can reduce the risk of costly roof repair or even reroofing.
You should always hire an experienced roofing contractor to inspect your roof since a professional will know how to properly evaluate the roof and make recommendations for addressing any issues found. Yet you can also inspect your roof every couple of months just to make sure no issues arrive between yearly visits from your contractor. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind when performing your own roof inspection:
Put Safety First
Getting up on your roof and poking around can be dangerous. You can easily slip and fall off your roof, potentially seriously injuring yourself. Be as safe as you can when getting on your roof.
Use a sturdy ladder that extends at least three feet past the gutters of your home, and set it at an angle at least a foot away from your home. Make sure the ladder is not damaged and doesn’t have any missing or broken rungs. Also make sure that it is on sturdy, level ground before you start climbing.
Wear comfortable shoes with good traction while on the roof. Move slowly, and don’t push yourself to do anything that doesn’t feel right. If you are ever in doubt, don’t do it. Just get down and call a Scottsdale roofing professional.
Once you are on the roof, make sure you check for these signs of a potential problem:
- Cracked caulk around the flashing, vents, or other openings
- Rust on the flashing or other metal components
- Shingles that are blistering, curling or buckling
- Broken or missing shingles
- Cracked or damaged rubber boots around vents and pipes
- Loose material around the chimney, pipes or other items that penetrate the roof
- Shingle granules in the gutters
- Moss or lichen
Any of these could be a sign that your roofing materials have started to decay. Simple Scottsdale, 85266 roof repair may be enough to solve some of these issues — such as cracked caulking or a couple of missing shingles — but widespread issues may indicate that it is time for reroofing.
When you identify issues early, you prevent problems from spreading. For example, if missing shingles are not addressed, you are basically leaving a hole in your roof that will let water spread to the underlayment, leading to leaks and damage to other shingles.
Of course, calling a professional roofing contractor is always the best way to uncover any issues on your roof before they become big problems. Arizona Native Roofing can perform your yearly inspection, or we can come out for emergency Scottsdale roof repair. We also perform reroofing for residential and commercial properties, and we can help you determine the right roof to protect your property for many decades to come. Call us today to learn more.
Jason Swim -- Owner
24008 N. 104th Avenue
Peoria, Arizona 85383
Genre: Home Repair