How Do I Assess Roof Damage?

Mar / 19 / 2020

As a responsible homeowner, you want what’s best for your home and your budget and you simply refuse to take any chances and compromise on the safety of your property and your loved ones. You schedule regular maintenance and have professionals come in to perform repairs as soon as you notice that something is wrong with your home. But the roof is not so easy to access and it requires you to take things to a whole new level

How do I know if my roof needs to be replacedFor one thing, even if you could go on the roof, you probably wouldn’t know what to look for as you lack the experience to notice signs of damage. And who but experts in the field of roof inspection and repair has sufficient knowledge to assess if there has been serious damage to a roof? 

In other words, if you want to determine the extent of damage to your roof with certainty, the most reliable way to do that is to hire a reputable San Diego roof repair service. But can you conduct some preliminary assessment by yourself? Absolutely.

How do you know if your roof is damaged? 

First things first: safety first. No matter how skillful, nimble and agile you may be, climbing the roof by yourself is not recommended. Make your safety a priority and have professionals come in to conduct the inspection.

But that’s not to say that you cannot take steps to determine whether the roof has been damaged in the first place in a way that does not put your safety at risk. For instance, you can:

  • Inspect the attic to detect roof leaks or water damage as this could indicate roof damage,
  • Water stains and damage on the walls and ceiling inside the house are another warning sign,
  • Use ladders to try and check whether any shingles or pieces of metal fascia are missing and see if the shingles are damaged (e.g. cracked) and no longer lie flat against the roof,
  • Does the roof look old and worn? Sometimes that’s all the evidence you need that a roof repair or replacement is due.

Whether you will need roof repair or roof replacement depends on the extent of roof damage and whether you take action right away.

How do I know if my roof needs to be replaced?

Homeowners often assume that a roof needs to be replaced only if there has been considerable roof damage, at a point when it looks beyond repair and a roof failure appears imminent. But things aren’t always black and white. Only experts can estimate with certainty if a full replacement is in order or if a roof repair, the more affordable option, would suffice. 

Follow this checklist to see if you have reason to get suspicious:

  • Check the paperwork: how long has it been since the roof was last replaced? Most roofs have a 20-year life span and it is around this time that you might want to consider a replacement.
  • Inspect the shingles, shingles and downspouts for obvious signs of damage and shingle granules.
  • If easily accessible, check the flashing on your roof: if flashing has started to deteriorate and you fail to take action, you run the risk of leaks and extensive damage to your roof and your home,
  • Trapped moisture leads to rot, which means further damage is inevitable. If the roof looks droopy or you notice sagging spots or signs of rot in some sections of the roof, take immediate action and have professionals come in,
  • Mold, fungi or moss growth may also indicate the presence of trapped moisture,
  • Look around: are the neighbors replacing their roofs? If your home was built around the same period of time, you might want to consider a replacement as well.

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