Your roof is one of your home’s most important lines of defense against the elements and it should be inspected regularly to identify & correct problems while they are still relatively minor. Roof inspections are especially important if you live in a location that tends to experience weather extremes, or after a particularly harsh season.
The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends your roof be inspected twice a year—once during fall months, and again in the late spring – to ensure optimal performance and maximum lifespan. Regular roof inspections include looking at interior walls, ceilings and fireplace flues, evaluation of downspout/gutter systems and an examination of roofing materials (shingles, shakes, tiles, etc.).
What Causes Damage or Deterioration?
- Sun: Heat and UV rays can be destructive to roofing materials, causing them to break down over time.
- Wind: High winds can pull shingles away from the roof’s underlayment, allowing dirt and water to collect between the layers. Over time, this debris and moisture can lead to structural deterioration.
- Rain and Snow: Frequent moisture penetration can be detrimental to your roof’s structure, causing mildew, wood rot and even damage to insulation and electrical infrastructure. Ice dams can be especially damaging to the integrity of your roofing structure.
- Algae, Moss, & Lichen: These organic materials discolor your roof and hold in excess water—which leads to wood rot and structural damage over time.
- Trees: If your landscaping becomes overgrown, tree limbs and leaf buildup may become a problem. Long, heavy branches can puncture or scratch your roof, and leaves may block downspout systems.
- Pests: Insects & Animals sometimes move in to make your home theirs as well. Trees that are close to the roof line increase the likelihood of this happening.
Quick Inspection Checklist:
- Gutters: Properly functioning gutters are an integral part of the roofing system because they divert water away from the structure. Clogged gutters can back up, rot the fascia and allow water to penetrate into attic and walls.
- Trees: Trim overhanging branches away from the roof line.
- Flashings: Look for loose material, wear, or missing metal or chimneys and wall penetrations. Caulk and adhesives should be addressed if they show cracks or gaps.
- Fascia: Look for signs of wearing or cracking paint. Also check for wood rot.
- Shingle Roofs: Shingle roofs can be visually inspected from the ground and binoculars would be helpful. Look for: - Discoloration from algae, moss, or lichen - Missing dislodged shingles - Protruding nails - Pest / Animal damage - Granule loss
- Tile or Metal Roofs: Tile and metal roofs can be visually inspected from the ground and binoculars would be helpful. Look for: - Discoloration from algae, moss, or lichen - Missing, cracked, or broken tiles - Pest / Animal damage
Most Homeowners find it easier and more thorough to hire a Roofing Professional to address these issues. Roof-A-Cide works with some of the industry’s top professionals that provide Homeowners, Communities, and Businesses with comprehensive service that includes inspections, cleaning, stain prevention, repairs, maintenance, and replacement. Visit our website to locate an Authorized Roof-A-Cide® Applicator near you.