If you are a homeowner in the San Francisco Bay Area who wants to ensure the longest possible lifespan for your roof while helping to prevent any damage to your home’s interior, an annual roofing inspection will serve you well. Regardless of whether you’re a do-it-yourself minded individual or if you prefer to hire a professional, the same issues will be thoroughly assessed during the inspection.
Interior Moisture Can Degrade Roofing Materials
Since a significant enemy to your roof is interior moisture which can cause warping on your shingles, its important to check the condition of your attic insulation and complete any necessary upgrades as soon as possible. In addition to keeping humid air out of your attic where it can cause numerous types of structural damage, adding additional attic insulation will also reduce the energy usage of your home and save you money on your utility bills year round.
Check the Condition of All Aspects of Your Roof
When you’re ready to complete the outdoor portion of your roofing inspection, you can either immediately set up a ladder and climb onto your roof (if you feel comfortable), or break out a pair of binoculars to get a decent idea of the condition of each of the following issues from the ground. You can always follow up with a closer look or call a professional if you notice any signs of problems, such as:
- Shingles that are curling during cold weather, particularly around the bottom edge of your roof
- Surface cracking anywhere on your roof, indicating worn, brittle shingles
- Blistering, which can indicate a manufacturer defect in your roofing materials or poor ventilation within your attic
- Any shingles that are loose, broken or completely missing, as well as any popped nails, indicating a need for immediate repair or replacement
- Moss or lichen growing on your roof, indicating the presence of rot beneath the surface; algae growth, on the other hand, is cosmetic, but can be removed if you prefer
- Chimney, skylight, or vent flashing with cracked sealant or rust on the surface
- Colored grit in your gutters, indicating that your shingles may be nearing the end of their lifespan. Since those sand-like particles are designed to protect your shingles from UV damage, your roof will deteriorate more quickly once they begin to separate from the shingles themselves
- Buildup of debris within your gutters, which should be promptly cleared to allow proper water drainage from your roof
Decide Who Will Complete Any Needed Repairs
Once you’ve completed your basic assessment, you will be able to decide if you are comfortable completing any needed repairs or would prefer to contact a professional. Simple fixes like adding caulk to cover any cracks in your flashing, replacing a few missing or broken shingles, and/or hammering down any popped nails can often be handled by you as the homeowner and save you the cost of a service call, but more serious issues such as badly degraded shingles may warrant a complete roof replacement, and that’s a job that’s definitely best handled by the pros.
If you are in need of any professional roofing services in the San Francisco Bay area, including attic insulation, contact Pacific Coast Roofing Service. Our family owned team of business professionals would be happy to assist you any step of the way, from your basic annual roof inspection to the installation of a completely new roof.