The Beginner’s DIY Roof Inspection Checklist
Attention: BOLD statement coming at you:
You don’t need to be a professional to give your roof basic—yet essential—inspections on a regular basis.
Heck, you don’t even need to get onto your roof! (Although you totally can for an intimate inspection, provided you have the proper equipment.) So, whether you’re scoping out shingles from the ground with binoculars or scampering up a ladder to get up close and personal, here’s what you should be looking for.
- Missing Shingles
This might be the most obvious sign of damage on your roof, and one designed to be spotted fairly easily. If your roof is missing shingles, you’ve left important pieces of your roof open to the elements—inviting rot, moisture damage, and pests into your home.
- Curling or Damaged Shingles
Similar to missing shingles, these are pretty easy to spot—and essential to replace. If you spot a sea of curled, damaged shingles, you could be looking at the end of your roof’s life cycle.
- Moss and Lichen Buildup
While surface stains from black algae remain mostly cosmetic, moss and lichen growth signals decay.
- Gutter Sediment
Check your gutters for a buildup of loose sediment from your shingles.
- Cracked Caulk and Rusty Areas
Again, these are pure signs of age and degradation. Discoloration, cracks, and rust mean that your roof isn’t as efficient—or sturdy—as it should be.
This quick checklist gives you an idea of what state your home is in, and can lead to some incredible insights. But you need to take action if anything of note is discovered! What we’ve laid out here can show the tip of the iceberg, and Proformance Roofing is here to keep you covered.
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