Roofing Questions

Roof Evaluation and Common Questions

How to Inspect your Roof

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Step One

The first part of your roof inspection should start on the ground. Are small or large pieces of your roofing materials found on the ground. This should be checked after a rain or a windy day. Look around the bottom of downspouts. Are the granules washing off of the shingles?

Step Two

Look at the roof itself. Can you see any pieces missing or lifting up? Can you see any bare spots where the roofing is gone and you can see the black underlayment.

Step Three

Next, Look inside the house. The most obvious thing of course is to see if there are any leaks. Look also for slight discoloring or paint blistering. See if the wall paper is peeling away where it meets the ceiling. Also, check for dampness around the baseboards or if the carpet is damp. If you have a skylight with a drop in diffuser, remove it and look for signs of leaking.

Step Four

If you have access to your attic take a good light and see if the wood is water stained or wet. Is the insulation damp or matted down. If the insulation has paper backing is the backing wet or stained.

Step Five

(Optional) If you are able, inspect the roof by climbing on it. Be extremely careful. Here are a few things to look for:

  • What is the overall appearance?
  • Are pieces of the roof missing?
  • Can you see the heads of roofing nails?

Now, What To Do With All This Information

It is best to call in a professional, one who is fully insured and has great references. (Like Us!)
How do you know if eh is fully insured? Ask him for proof.
Workman's compensation is a very important part of the insurance. The state only requires it if he has more than one employee. So if the contractor claims he has no employees he will be waived. So with out that, if someone would get hurt on the job it is your home owners insurance that will be responsible for paying.