Your roof is a major component in your home. It not only protects the structure of your home, but it also protects all of its contents. A leaky roof can reveal itself suddenly but regular inspections of your roof will catch most problems before they have a chance to cause serious damage to your home sweet home.
Twice a Year
Winter weather and high summer temperatures can both take a toll on your roof. Protect yours by choosing to have it inspected twice a year – in the spring and in the fall. These inspections will help keep the roof prepared for the winter months ahead.
It’s tempting to hop on your roof and inspect it yourself but it is not recommended for homeowners to get on their roof. Those with steep pitches are certainly more dangerous, but even a roof with a shallow pitch can prove to be dangerous.
• When shingles are walked on, the granules in the asphalt can be disrupted and loosened, reducing their protective value.
• Shingles that are already damaged can be broken further, exposing the roof to the elements.
• When the roof decking is rotted, there is a chance that the homeowner could fall through causing more roof damage and personal injury.
• Roofing surfaces can be slippery, and the steeper the pitch the more dangerous the roof will be.
The roof can be inspected to some extent from the ground using a pair of binoculars. A professional roofing company should be called for a thorough inspection of the roof.
Indications that you should call a professional
You don’t have to risk life and limb going on the roof to determine whether or not it’s time to call the pros. Here are some things you should look for inside and outside the house to determine if you have a leaky roof problem.
• Curling, torn, split, loose or missing shingles.
• Nails that are above the surface of the shingles.
• Dark places on the roof indicate a lack of protective granules.
• Look around the downspouts and in gutters for significant amounts of loose granules.
• Stand back and scan your eyes across the entire roof-line to check for sagging or buckled areas.
• Loose flashing.
• Go in the attic and check for dark spots on the plywood roof deck.
• Feel those dark spots to see if they are wet. Push a screwdriver against them to see if the wood is soft.
• Look for signs of sagging from inside the attic.
• Check for wet insulation or telltale puddles.
• Is there light shining through the roof into the attic? If light can get through then water can definitely penetrate, also.
If you see any of these signs of a problem, contact us. We are a reputable roof repair company. Replacing shingles is an option if the problems are limited to a few shingles, but the entire roof should be inspected more thoroughly by Oklahoma City roofers to ensure that the roof is still water tight. Contact Robbins Roofing or look us up on Facebook to learn how we can help you keep your roof watertight.