A roof inspection is a annual maintenance job that, while easily over looked, has the potential to save you thousands of dollars in roof repairs that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.
Add a once-a-year reminder on your calendar to go out perform a roof inspection on your roof to make sure there are no problems.
Scared of heights? Don’t worry. You can do a basic roof inspection through binoculars while you stand safely on the ground.
How Do I Do A Basic Roof Inspection?
The best way to do your roof inspection is to climb up onto your roof and check things first hand. However, before you get out the ladder, do a quick walk around your house looking at the gutters and tiles you can see from the ground and make note of any problems.
When performing your initial roof inspection here’s what to look for:
- Cracks or rust spots on the guttering and doownpipes
- Shingles that are buckling, curling, or blistering
- Missing or broken shingles
- Cracked and worn vent pipes
- Broken tiles
Once you get up onto your roof you will be able to analyse these issues closer. If you have roof tiles chek for grid the same colour as your tiles in the gutters. If you find it it’s a bad sign — those sand-like granules cover the surface of roof shingles and shield them from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. It could suggest that your roof is nearing the end of its life cycle.
Fixing Problems Found During The Roof Inspection
If you find any loose, damaged, or missing shingles they can and should be replaced immediately. Allow a half-day to make a few shingle repairs. it’s not too expensive to buy the shingles yourself from your local hardware store and they’re fairly easy to do.
If there are any issues that you feel you can master yourself it is worth giving a go (if you make sure you are doing the repairs safely) as professional repairs can be expensive.
Cost of Professional Repairs
Before hiring a professional to conduct a roof inspection make sure you get a couple of quotes to ensure you aren’t being ripped off.
A few broken or missing shingles should cost around $100-$150.
Replacing skylights, and vents cost $300-$500.
Larger repairs will be quotes per foot section of roofing. For a 10-by-10-foot section of roofing expect $100-$350 (this could change depending on repairs).
Replacing Your Roof
If your roof is 15 years old or more and you have found during your roof inspection it may be due for replacement. If you think this may be the case we advise speaking to a professional.
For more information on ways you can protect your roof. Please contact us.
Written By Jordie Cox