For many people, their roof is something they don’t think about until they see water leaking through the house, or a hurricane passes and leaves tree limbs and debris on tops of the house. Then people often start to think about having a professional check the roof.
However, roof issues occur before leaks and storms, so the surest way to maintain the roofing structure on any property is through regularly scheduled inspections. When a licensed roofing contractor routinely inspects the roofing system, the process will minimize the potential for leaks and termite invasions, and help the homeowner avoid costly issues in the future.
Roofing contractors often provide free inspections to their customers in an effort to ensure the home remains protected against the environment at all times. Routine roofing maintenance programs should be performed before hurricane season arrives. Many homeowners sign up for an elective routine maintenance roof inspection every spring and autumn, as a preventative measure. The biannual routine inspections are necessary because of the fluctuating temperatures that can cause roofing materials to excessively expand and contract, especially in the heat of southern Louisiana!
The Roof Inspection Process
When our roofing contractor arrives to inspect your roof , we will be checking out multiple factors that concern the entire roof system. The list of these factors includes:
- Surveying the Attic – By surveying the attic, the licensed roofing contractor can check the condition of the insulation and look for spots of water entry. Additionally, an examination would expose the presence of moisture that could harm the condition of the roof structure. The inspection will also evaluate the exhaust vents that pass through the attic.
- Looking for Growth – After the long summer months, there can be potential for growth on the roofing material that includes moss or algae. The contractor will also be looking for any buildup of leaves, branches and debris that will need to be removed.
- An Examination of the Flashing – The contractor will evaluate the metal flashing, where the roof ties into sidewall structures, chimneys and other structures that penetrate the roof. He or she is looking for any separation of the flashing and the sealant, where water or snow could potentially penetrate the roof system into the attic.
- Inspect the Shingling Roofing Material – All of the shingling or roofing material will be fully evaluated. The contractor is looking for cracks, curled shingles, missing shingles or tiles, and more.
- Examine the Gutter System – By inspecting the entire gutter system, the licensed roofing contractor can see if the system is clogged with debris, branches, roots or leaves. He or she will also look for any part of the gutter that has detached from the fascia board or roof, along with downspouts that have detached from the side of the structure.
- Evaluate the Fascia Board – Most fascia boards on residential properties are painted or sealed wood that can become damaged or rotten over time. Damaged fascia boards can fail the gutter system, and rotten wood allows for easy penetration of insects, pests, squirrels and other invading predators that can make their way into the attic.
- Inspect Pipe Collars – The pipe collars hold the sewage pipes and air vents in place. Over time, the sealant can become dried out and pull away from the roofing material to expose the sheathing and substrate below. Any discovered problem will require an immediate repair to avoid penetration of snow or rain.
- Inspect the Drip Edge – After a long snowy winter, the drip edge can easily become damaged from the buildup of ice and hardened snow. The inspection will reveal any damage that needs to be repaired to avoid the potential for water penetration.
After a routine roof inspection, it is often required to clean out clogged gutters, make necessary minor repairs, replace missing shingles, or reseal any flashing that has pulled away. Additionally, roof inspections often reveal the need to trim back any low-lying branches that could cause significant damage by rubbing up against the home on windy days.
If you live anywhere in metro New Orleans, call today to schedule a roof inspection before hurricane season arrives!