Your home consists of many systems and appliances that provide you with water, electricity, lighting, entry and viewing, food storage and cooking, air conditioning and heating. If something goes wrong with one of your essential systems, you certainly want it inspected right away. You may have noticed there’s one system not mentioned that quite literally stands above and protects all others. Have you conducted a roof inspection lately? Here’s what you need to know.
Interior Home Inspection
You probably don’t venture up into your attic unless you really have to. Your attic may be the first place your roofing inspector goes to check the following:
- Insulation: Your attic insulation helps prevent heat transfer between the living spaces, which saves you energy. Insulation is also an important system to help protect roofing materials from damaging heat. Ideally, an unsealed attic should maintain the same temperature as the temperature outside your home. Insulation is inspected for R-value and damage.
- Ventilation: Attic ventilation is very important to protect roofing materials and helps prevent excessive moisture inside your attic. The square footage of your attic should be calculated, as well as the amount of ventilation to ensure the right balance.
- Mold: Insulation and timber are inspected for mold development. Toxic mold is always a concern for Tampa area homeowners, as it can permanently damage home structure and contribute to harmful indoor air quality.
- Decking: The decking is inspected for signs of water leaks and rot.
Exterior Roof Inspection
After a thorough attic inspection, your roofing inspector takes a look at the roof from ground level before venturing up.
- Shingles: Curled, uplifted, missing and loose shingles indicate you need roof repairs. Upon closer inspection, your roofing professional is looking for hail “bruises” and soft spots in the decking.
- Tiles: Broken, lifted and missing tiles are telltale signs of trouble, too.
- Flashing (dormers, valleys, side walls, eaves and rakes): Flashing is inspected for tight seals. Loose flashing will eventually allow water seepage, if it hasn’t already.
- Gutters: Damaged gutters eventually result in damaged roofing. Your inspector also looks for granules inside gutters and downspouts, which indicate an aging roof and shingle damage.
It’s important to schedule a roof inspection each year with your contractor. A little preventive maintenance is going to help prevent expensive repairs, keep energy bills lower and protect your home. If you are overdue for a roof inspection, please contact Imperial Roofing Contractor.