Roof Inspection – Outside and Inside

Annual Roofing Inspection

There’s nothing funny about a leaking roof. It is a well-known fact that it is vital to have your roof inspected regularly. May it be an old or new roof, it is essential to get it inspected by a competent roofing contractor and obtain an inspection report. Some of the more reliable roofing contractors in Houston offer a free roofing inspection.  A professional and experienced roof inspector will adopt a proper procedure for examining the roof accurately. He will inspect your roof for any possible leakage, blocked drainage system, and closed gutters. He will check for all possible causes of water damage on the roof.

Outside Inspection

It is easy and simple to inspect a roof from outside. Get on the rooftop and find a good viewing point. Check out for any signs of problem warnings to be included in outside inspection report. Your inspector may discover shingles that got scorched or curled over the time. There may be tiles or shingles missing. Nails may be loose and exposed which can be the reason for leakage in the roof. Large granules may be accumulated in the rain gutters. He will also check for any dark patches on asphalt shingles. Ridges and center of the roof may sag, or there may be loose and broken shingles along the hip lines.  The valleys, plumbing vents, and chimneys are sensitive areas of the roof. To inspect these areas properly, remove all debris and leaves. Find any rusty metal or loose shingles. Joints of walls with the roof should also be checked for any corroded metals or loose and damaged shingles. Ensure that the flat roof of your house is pretty plain. Any blisters and depressions on the roof should be removed to prevent any damage.

Inside Inspection

Indoor inspection of the roof is also equally important. Check for any sagging decking between rafters. If deteriorated, decking will have to be replaced at the time of installation of the new roof. Your inspector should check if there is any outside light coming from the roof since this is common for shake roofing. During the rainy season, wooden shakes tend to swell and prevent leakage. Inspect for dark spots in the wood near vent and chimneys in your house. This may indicate the leaking in these areas. Dark spots in the wood give hints about leakage problem. If the problem is current, these spots will be wet and soft. The Inspector may use a screwdriver bit to check the softness. If the problem is old and has been fixed, these spots will be hard and dry. You will find signs of damage caused by leaking water like stains or sagging ceilings. These are due to poor roof ventilation. Poor roof ventilation causes condensation.

Funny and HappyNow you have the roof inspection report. You can have any minor problems repaired and avoid some small problem growing into a significant expense.