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Do I need a new roof?

Friday, September 3rd, 2021 by Laura Linderman


How to do roof inspection

Conducting routine inspections of your roof — especially if you live in an area that experiences extreme weather — can help you prevent exterior damage from creating interior problems.

Start inside

  • Look around your attic for signs of leaks, dark spots, holes, or sagging sheathing
  • Check your ceilings for stains, mold or mildew


Step outside

If you’re comfortable climbing a ladder, you can see your roof up close. If not, you can do a relatively thorough inspection from the ground, using binoculars.

  • Clean leaves and debris out of gutters and downspouts, check them for sagging or leaks
  • Look in hidden areas, like the underside of eaves and fascia — the board that connects the roof to the outer walls of your house — for rotting or signs of animal infestation


Head to the street

  • From this distance, look for dark spots, missing shingles, or sagging
  • See if the exterior paint is blistering or peeling
  • If you live in an area with icy or snowy winters, keep an eye out for ice dams — ridges of ice that form at the edge of your roof — because if water can’t drain off the roof, it may leak into your home


Examine the roof

  • Check for cracked, torn, warped, or missing shingles and popped or rusted nails
  • Look for open seams or joints and make sure roof vents aren’t covered or clogged
  • Note areas that sag or appear unsound 
  • Make sure pipes and roof penetrations, like your chimney or skylights, are sealed and don’t have any exposed nails 
  • Make sure flashing, which is used to seal joints and keep water off of them, is not damaged or providing inadequate coverage

Keep an eye on your roof

 

  • Know how old your roof is. If you didn’t install it and you’re not sure, check the inspection report from when you purchased your home. You can also ask a roofing company or building inspector to look at the roof and estimate its age and condition.
  • Spot-check your roof twice a year, once in spring, once in fall. Use a ladder to access it and look for trouble spots, but also check your attic for damage. Not feeling up to it? Reaching out to a professional roofing contractor for help inspecting is always the best option.
  • Watch the homes around you — they experience the same weather yours does and were likely built around the same time. If your neighbors are getting new roofs, do a roof inspection to see if your home needs one too.
  • After a significant weather event, like heavy winds or a hail storm, check for exterior damage as soon as it’s safe.

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Infinity Home Improvement
852 47th St SW
Wyoming, MI 49509
1-616-229-2702
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