Inspect your roof without climbing up on it

Asked by Oct 15, 2014 at 12:50 AM

Question type: Car Customization

You know you’re supposed to inspect your roof twice a year, but no homeowner ever likes the idea of pulling out the ladder and climbing up on the roof. Skipping the roof inspection altogether is never a good idea. If there are problems that go unnoticed, those can develop into even bigger problems when the winter weather hits. Fortunately, there are some alternative options when it comes to your roof inspection that don’t include the risk of falling.

Check your attic

You can tell a lot about the health of your roof just by heading into the attic to check the underside of it. Wait until there’s some decent rainfall and head up into your attic. If it’s poorly lit, bring a flashlight. You’re looking for any sign of a leak. Even if water isn’t dripping into your attic, you could have a leak. Look for condensation on the underside of your roof or for dark water stains. These are all signs of a problem. You should also look for any signs of animal habitation. Look for nests, droppings, or gnawed wood. If any critters are in your attic, they’re getting under your roof somehow. That means something needs to be patched up. Check your ventilation and your insulation. If your ventilation system is clogged with debris, your home can’t breathe properly. If your ventilation is insufficient you could have problems with ice damming in the winter if you live in a cold enough climate. Finally check for any sagging. A sagging roof is a sign of structural damage that requires immediate attention before the weight of snowfall is added to it.

Other options

While a roof inspection from your attic space can reveal a lot, there are some things you still can’t spot from the attic. You also want to look for shingles that are cracked, warped, or missing. If you’ve got a good pair of binoculars, you may be able to do this from across the street without having to step foot on your roof.
Of course, the best roof inspection is one where you can get up on your roof and get an up-close look. If that’s not feasible, or if your roof is especially steep, or if you don’t feel able to get on your roof, you can call up a roofing company. Most will do a roof inspection free of charge. They’ll spot any potential problems and give you a quote to fix them. Above all, make sure you take care of any problems that you or they find.

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Are you talking about the roof on your car? This is a car question area not house.

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