Roof inspections are an important part of home maintenance. They ensure that your roof is in proper working order. You should have your home professionally inspected at least once a year, but you may want to conduct your own roof inspections between then. The DIY roof inspection tips below will help you understand what to look for so you can take action as soon as possible.
Check For Shingle Damage
One of the easiest ways to see if something is wrong with your roof is by looking at the shingles. If you have shingles that are missing, damaged, curling, or worn down, you may need to replace them. This does not mean that you need a total roof replacement. Sometimes your roofing repair is as simple as taking out a couple old shingles and putting new ones in their place.
Watch Out For Weak Spots
If you notice weak areas on your roof, you may have a bigger problem on your hands. There are a number of reasons why weak spots form on roofs, from pooling water to termite damage in the structure of the home. Whatever the case may be, you should have your roof weak spots repaired as soon as possible to prevent home flooding and roof leaks during months of high precipitation. All it takes is one big rain storm to destroy your roof for good.
Look Over Your Chimney
If you have a brick chimney on your home, conduct a chimney inspection while you are on the roof. If the bricks or mortar are starting to deteriorate, you may need to invest in tuckpointing or chimney repair to maintain the structure of the chimney. You could also seal the gaps on your own to help insulate your home, if you do not want to pay for a full chimney repair.
Inspect For Algae And Fungus
Look for algae and fungus that may build up on the top of your roof. If your roof is starting to get a buildup of moss or algae on the surface, you can get rid of it with zinc control strips. You may be able to scrub a lot of it off the surface, but it will regrow without proper preventative care. Worse comes to worse, you can always call a roofing company like McLean Roofing And Siding to do the inspections and the repairs for you. Contact us at (248) 524-1111 to learn more.