Your roof protects your buildings from the elements all year round. Roofs take a lot of punishment on a daily basis and can develop costly problems over time.
To prevent roofing problems, adopt a proactive approach, instead of a reactive approach. Visually inspect your roof at regular intervals for signs of roofing problems. Periodic inspections can reveal problems before they snowball into major issues, saving you money on repair and replacement and headaches down the road.
Here is a roofing inspection checklist.
Check for Ponding Water
Inspect areas with slow drainage and obstructions. Look for signs of ponding water such as debris and algae build up, discoloration, bubbling, and peeling. Check the area around drains for stains.
Inspect the Flashing
Check the flashing for cracks. Cracks often form near transition points, especially in areas where the flashing shifts from a flat to a vertical position, as these parts of a building are the most stressed. If you notice rust spots on your flashing or signs of corrosion, move swiftly to address the problem or the corroded areas may develop holes.
Check Your Gutters
Your gutters protect your house from water damage by draining water away from its foundation. If your gutters have become clogged, water can pool on your roof causing serious, even irreversible damage to its components. Some common signs of clogged gutters include- water spillover and ponding, unusual plant growth in gutters, sagging gutters, water refuses to come down the downspout, and stain marks on your siding by the gutters.
To keep your gutters from clogging, clean them at regular intervals. Gutter cleaning can be a time-consuming and laborious task. If you like many other homeowners, hate spending your weekends cleaning your gutters, reach out to a tile roofing contractor near you in Antioch for help. A professional will thoroughly clean your gutters and address gutter problems before they get worse.
Get a Good Look at Your Downspouts
Check your downspouts and downspout terminations at ground level. Make sure your downspouts are installed properly and do not terminate too close to your home. You will want to replace any damaged downspouts sooner than later to prevent water damage.
Check Edge Details
Even a small gap in your roof can allow dust, debris and water to enter your home. Check edge materials to ensure they’re secured tightly and properly terminated. If they aren’t, have a professional carry out necessary repairs.
Visually Inspect the Field
If you have an EPDM roof, inspect the membrane for tears. Any damage to the roof’s surface should be addressed immediately to prevent more serious structural damage. If you have reasons to believe there is a leak in the field but can’t locate it, conduct a flood test.
Is your leaking roof giving you sleepless nights? Let Roof Tile Custom Specialists, Inc. help. Our ability to think outside the box allows us to come up with innovative and effective solutions to roofing problems. To schedule roof maintenance/repair, call 925-634-8700.