The roof above your head is your home’s first line of defense against wind, hail, snow, rain, and heat. Every day, natural elements contribute to your roof’s deterioration and affect its performance. The primary cause of roof problems is poor maintenance. When homeowners neglect their roof, they could be facing larger problems, including damaged insulation, mold growth, or structural issues. As the most vulnerable part of your home, the roof requires regular inspection, repair, and maintenance.
What it Means to Have Roof Maintenance and Repairs
Roof maintenance is the careful upkeep of your home’s roof with the aim of keeping your roof system in watertight condition. Maintenance involves regular inspections to uncover small repair projects which can be completed quickly and thereby prevent large-scale repairs.
Roof maintenance also involves an unscheduled inspection after a major Oklahoma weather event. Heavy rain, high winds, and hail can undo a year’s worth of small repairs in just one night. After a roof inspection, your roof inspector can identify weak points on the roof and arrange a priority list for the repairs you may need.
Regular and proper roof repair and maintenance of your roof have several benefits, including:
- Extending the lifespan of your roof
- Preventing damage to your roof and other features of your home
- Avoiding future costly roof repairs and premature roof replacement costs
- Keeping your family and pets healthy
- Maintaining great curb appeal
Leave Roofing Inspections to the Professionals
Even without climbing the roof, it’s possible to spot obvious roof problems, such as algae growth on the surface; color fading; flapping, missing, curled, or damaged shingles with missing granules; chipped, cracked, or broken tile/slate; and corroded, bent, or missing metal. However, some problems are not as visible to the untrained eye. You won’t be able to see what’s happening beneath the roofing materials or with the supporting structure.
A thorough roof inspection should be completed by a roofing professional to give a clear picture of what’s going on. The professionals know what to look for and have the tools and experience to identify areas of concern.
Doing work on a roof is dangerous. Sloped roofs, especially, can be dangerous to walk on. And if they have mold, moss, or mildew they could be slippery. The repercussions of a fall from the roof can be harmful and even fatal. This is why it’s best to leave the work to a trained roofer who knows how to mitigate the risks.
What to Expect from Roof Inspections
A roofer should look over every inch of your roof from both the interior and exterior. The inspection should start from inside the attic to around the property and up on the roof. The inspector will be looking for signs of leaks and water damage, organic growth issues, unusual wear and tear, damage caused by windblown debris, wood rot and termite damage, and problems which may have been caused by improper installation or subsequent repairs. In essence, a roof inspection gets broken into four categories:
- Interior Inspection- The inspector will check the attic, interior ceilings and walls for mold, water stains, rot, window leaks, and other signs indicating major issues with the roof itself. Venting in the attic is also another important thing the inspector may check because improper venting can lead to heat and moisture buildup and in turn increase the risk of ice dams and reduce roof life.
- Structural Inspection- The roofer will check for signs of sagging, uneven roof planes, in addition to inspecting the roof overhangs and eaves for signs of termite damage and wood. Also, the inspector will check for staining, deterioration, gutter clogs or inadequate pitch, and damage or rot to fascia, soffit, or flashing.
- Material Inspection- For this, the roofer will be looking for moss; stains; rust; missing, curling, or loose shingles; chipped, broken, or cracked tile/slate; corroded, bent, or missing metal; and missing flashing or fasteners. Color fading and shingle granules in roof valleys or at the bottom of gutter downspouts are other signs of extensive wear and tear. The inspector will also check the chimney for crumbling grout, cracks, and damage to chimney caps. If your home has a flat roof, the roofer will check for delaminating roof material and lifted overlap.
- Workmanship Inspection- A comprehensive inspection could reveal problems with workmanship which could increase the risks of roof damage. For instance, issues such as incorrect flashing around skylights, chimneys, and vent pipes would be red flags.
Upon completion, the roof inspector will let you know about the state of your roof based on everything they’ve looked at. If the roof is in a good condition and no repairs are needed, you will be given a written inspection report.
If your roof is in a fair condition, you need to carefully monitor it. If there is immediate action needed, you can expect the inspector to give you a written report noting the issues, recommending follow-up action, and providing an estimate. Roof inspections are the best way to identify damage and stay on top of maintenance. Our professional team at Perfection Roofing has 38 years of experience in roofing inspections and repairs. We’ll offer the best solutions and give you an honest assessment. Contact us to learn more about our roofing services in Tulsa and to schedule a roof inspection.