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Fall Roof Inspections: 5 Important Steps for Do-It-Yourself Roof Inspections


Do-it-yourself roof inspections are an important part of routine maintenance for any property owner. They allow you to check your property’s roof and catch potential problems before they get worse. Regardless of whether you have hired a contractor or plan to do the work yourself, checking your property’s roof regularly is essential. Even the most diligent property owner can miss the small details when inspecting the outside of their home, so conducting an interior inspection is just as important as looking at the exterior. Roof inspections will help you discover issues with water penetration and damage to get repairs scheduled before they get worse. If you are not comfortable doing your own roof inspection, let Nutt Roofing & Siding inspect it for you.


Ask for an Interior Inspection Along with the Exterior Inspection


When you hire a roofing contractor for an inspection, ask if they will also conduct an interior inspection. If your roofing contractor focuses only on the exterior of your home, they may miss an important problem. For example, your roof may be leaking, causing water damage inside the property. Before hiring a roofing contractor for an inspection, be sure to ask if they will also conduct an interior inspection.


Check for Discoloration and Deterioration


Look at the shingles on your roof and see if they are discolored. If they have turned a darker color, you may have algae growing on them, which is a sign of water damage. You can also lift a few shingles to see if they have turned brittle or have any deterioration around the nails. If you find discoloration or deterioration in your shingles, let the roofing contractor know immediately so they can start the repair process. You may also want to hire a roofing contractor to replace the shingles as soon as possible.


Examine Your Roofing Materials


Examine the sheathing, felt, nails, and flashing to see if they are in good condition. Roofing materials are vulnerable to the elements, so it’s possible that they will experience some wear and tear. However, if you notice any damage to the materials, let the contractor know so they can start the repair process. If you discover damage to the roofing materials, you may want to hire a roofing contractor to replace the materials as soon as possible.


Look for Signs of Water Damage and Erosion


Check for signs of water damage and erosion on your roof. You may find that water damage has caused your shingles to turn brittle or that water has corroded your flashing. If you find signs of water damage and erosion on your roof, let the roofing contractor know right away so they can start the repair process. You may also want to hire a roofing contractor to replace the shingles as soon as possible.


Confirm Everything is Securely Fastened


Make sure everything is securely fastened on your roof. Check that the shingles are properly installed and that any flashing isn’t broken. If you notice any loose materials, let the roofing contractor know so they can start the repair process. You may also want to hire a roofing contractor to re-secure the materials as soon as possible.


Check Your Shingles and Roofing Material Warranties


Some roofing materials come with warranties. Check your shingles to see if they have any warranty information, and read it carefully. This will help you make an informed decision regarding whether or not to repair or replace your shingles. If the manufacturer recommends a replacement, let the roofing contractor know so they can start the repair process. You may also want to hire a roofing contractor to replace the shingles as soon as possible. If your shingles don’t come with a warranty, consider discussing your coverage with your insurance agent. If you have homeowners insurance, you may be able to receive reimbursement for some of the costs associated with roof repairs.


Conclusion

Whether you’ve hired a contractor or plan to do the work yourself, it’s essential to check your property’s roof regularly. Roof inspections will help you discover issues with water penetration and damage to get repairs scheduled before they get worse. Roof inspections are an important part of routine maintenance for any property owner. They allow you to check your property’s roof and catch potential problems before they get worse. Even the most diligent property owner can miss the small details when inspecting the outside of their home, so conducting an interior inspection is just as important as looking at the exterior. Roof inspections will help you discover issues with water penetration and damage to get repairs scheduled before they get worse.

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