Missing, creased, curling, buckling materials, granules filling the gutters, loose tab adhesion—all point to roofing problems. By looking at your roof, you may be able to spot missing and damaged shingles. However having your roof inspected especially after a windy storm might reveal additional issues with the current roofing system. Localized damage—might be able to be repaired. Extensive damage, however, may make it necessary to completely replace your existing roof.
Spotting Problems Can Be Tricky
Because water finds its own way—the water stain that appears on your ceiling doesn’t necessarily correspond to where the water’s coming into your house.
- An interior inspection looks for signs of water damage, including mold, mildew, drips, leaks, stains, and peeling paint.
- A rooftop inspection includes identification of loose, missing, or deteriorated roofing material.
- An inspection of the flashing is vital to a watertight roofing system. Dried or broken seals or flashing that has pulled away from the roof, walls, or chimney may be an indication that the roof is leaking or severe damage has occurred to the roof membrane.
- An inspection of vents, pipes, skylights, etc. checks for cleanliness, signs of aging such as peeling paint, rust, rot, and moss or fungus, as well as for structural damage such as bent or missing parts and sagging pipes.