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3 Things to Keep in Mind When Inspecting Your Roof

Performing semiannual roofing inspections is a great way to spot damaged and troubled areas on your roof before they become a serious problem. When you keep your roof in good shape, you can prolong the life of your roof and protect your home. Here are things to know when you inspect your roof.
When to Inspect Your Roof
he two best times to inspect your roof is at the end of summer or start of fall and again in the spring. You want to make sure that there is no damage or weak spots on your roof before winter hits, which is the harshest time of year for your roof. After winter passes, you want to check your roof again to ensure that it didn't sustain damage during any winter or early spring storms.
You should have your roof professionally inspected on an annual basis in addition to the semiannual inspections you perform yourself.
If a serious storm passes through your area, such as a strong windstorm or hailstorm, you should spot-check your roof for damage so you know if you need to file an insurance claim. Your homeowner's insurance should cover damage to your roof caused by a storm.
How to Protect Yourself
When you inspect your roof, the first thing you need to keep in mind is your safety. Check the weather before you get up on your roof. Don't inspect your roof when it is wet or windy outside. Wet and windy conditions will make it more difficult for you to walk safely on your roof. Wait to inspect your roof on a sunny day with little to no wind.
You are going to need to use a ladder to get up on your roof. Make sure your ladder is in solid condition and is not rusty or shaky. When you set up your ladder, find somewhere where the ground is level and sturdy. Have someone hold the ladder when you climb up and down it for added security.
Choose your clothing carefully as well. For the best traction while walking on your roof, wear shoes with a solid rubber sole and good traction. Make sure that your clothing fits you well and will not snag on anything as you inspect your roof.
Purchase and use a safety harness. A safety harness goes around your body and is anchored to your home. If you fall, a safety harness will save you from serious injury.
Finally, never inspect your roof without telling someone where you are and what you are doing. That way, they can check on you and ensure that you are safe while you inspect your roof.
What to Look For While On Your Roof
When you inspect your roof, there are a few specific things you need to keep an eye out for. Here are a few things you should be looking for
while inspecting your roof:
  • Blistered or warped shingles
  • Cracked caulking around vents and pipes on your roof
  • Debris and buildup in the gutters
  • Depressed spots on your roof where it sinks down
  • Excessive granule wear on your shingles
  • Exposed substrate material
  • Loose chimney cap
  • Loose downspouts and gutters
  • Loose flashing
  • Lots of granules in the gutters
  • Missing shingles
  • Moss, mold or algae growth
  • Nails sticking out of the shingles
Shingles that are curling up around the edges
Tree branches growing over your roof
If you notice any of the issues listed above while inspecting your roof, you need to do some repairs to get your roof back into top shape. The roofing team at Carroll Roofing Company, Inc. can help you address any issues you spot with your roof during your semiannual roof inspection.