When inspecting your roof, you’re looking for the obvious and also the not so obvious. Here are some of the main things you should be looking for.
Cracked Caulk or Rust Spots on Flashing
Cracked caulk spots, as well as rust spots are easy to spot. Pennsylvania can see a lot of rain causing rust over time. You may need to use a ladder in order to really get a good look at the caulk lines in order to really inspect them. Make sure you inspect all sides of the flashing in order to check for rust spots.
Shingles that are Buckling, Curling, or Blistering
Once again using a ladder, get a good look at the top of your roof looking for these three things. Curling is an easy one to spot due to the shingle being uplifted and actually curling backwards. A buckling shingle will make your roof look like its sinking in some spots and rising in others almost like a wave. Blistering are a little harder to spot due to the fact there might only be one or two bubbles on a single shingle.
Missing or Broken Shingles
By far the easiest one to spot is a missing or broken shingle. You can get to the top of a ladder and do a quick scan in order to see if there are any broken or missing shingles.
Moss and Lichen
Depending on the view of your roof you have, some moss and lichen may be hard to spot. This is definitely something you should have your eye out for though, because it can cause a lot of expensive damage to your beautiful Montgomery County home.
Make sure you inspect the interior ceilings under your roof, this can be a big life saver in catching a problem before its too late. You should look for dark areas on ceilings, peeling paint on the underside of roof overhangs, damp spots alongside fireplaces and water stains on pipes venting the water heater or furnace.
Inspecting your roof can help prevent a lot of expensive damage that may need to be fixed. Many times a small problem with your roof if not spotted can cause big problems with your home. Inspecting your roof can be done safely without even stepping foot on your roof. Remember it is always recommended that you seek professional help first.