Inspecting Your Roof

March 13, 2017

 

 

I’ve had few requests recently to have homeowners’ roofs inspected. All of them for different reasons. Inspecting is easy under a trained eye. I will give you some hints and advice to inspect your own roof, what to look for and what needs to be addressed before the rainy season begins.

 

Missing Shingles

The first item is very obvious, missing shingles. If you have 1 or many missing shingles, these need to be replaced as soon as possible to prevent leaks. Spending just a few dollars now will save you thousands from future repairs from water leaks. If you would like to know how to replace missing shingles, see my quick instruction HERE.

Missing Shingles

Missing Shingles

 

Lifted Shingles

Finding lifted shingles can be a little bit trickier. Some times they are obvious, other times, not so much. Simply walk the roof and visually check each shingle. Some that look suspicious, gently lift the corner of the shingle. If it is stuck to the roof, then its fine. If it has a little lift to it, then apply sealant underneath so that it holds. Not sealing the lifted shingles will cause blow off in the near future. Fix it now, so you don’t have that added expense down the road.

Lifted Shingles

Lifted Shingles

 

Flashing

Check all flashing components. Flashing that is ignored or poorly installed to begin with are key points in roof leaks. Check around the chimney, side walls, head walls, and dead points. You should not see any nail heads, if you do, seal them. Or better yet, correct the problem. Sometimes replacing the poorly installed flashing is far cheaper in the long run than just sealing them. Replacing flashing can be a bit tricky for the novice

Flashing

Flashing

 

Pipe Boots

Check all pipe boots. Specifically check the rubber component towards the roof. These can crack and become brittle over time. Lead flashed pipe boots can also show wear as well, however, typically last longer. Sometimes critters chew on them to gain access to your attic so look for bite marks.

Pipe Boots

Pipe Boots

 

Ventilation

Check each ventilation component. Turbines (also called Whirly Birds) should rotate freely. If they wobble or don’t turn at all, replace the bearing kit. You can find replacement kits online or locally through ABC Supply on North Cliff Ave. Make sure you know your brand and size. Also, check other ventilation components such as those pictured here. Sometimes debris will clog the vent’s ability to perform correctly.

Ventilation

Ventilation

 

Vegetation

Check for any trees or other vegetation that is touching the roof or siding. Make sure everything is cut back. Any vegetation touching your roof or siding will cause issues such as rubbing a hole or removing any protective finishes.

Vegetation

Vegetation

 

Gutters

Clean out your gutters. Plugged gutters are not only an eye sore, they also cause water to back up underneath your shingles. Also, the added rotting vegetation in them will also rot away your eaves. Causing significant damage to your home. Cleaning your gutters a few times a year is very beneficial. Even if you have gutter guards, you should still check to make sure you don’t have any large holes caused from the winter or critters.

Gutters

Gutters

 

What next?

Every spring, you should have your home exterior inspected. You can do this yourself, or you can call in a professional. Sioux Falls Roofers has an annual inspection program available to you. For $100, we will inspect your roof, fix any issues we find (any major repairs needed will have an extra charge), and then warranty your roof for the entire year. If we missed anything, there is no charge to you if we get called back. So, you have nothing to lose. You can sign up for our service HERE. OR you can call our office at 605-951-9780 and speak with a Roofing Adviser to get on our inspection list.