Performing a roof inspection yourself is something every homeowner should consider. While you can always call a professional out to inspect your roof, you don’t always need to. After a storm, unless you notice damage, you probably don’t need to have a roofer come out and do an inspection you can do yourself from the safety of the ground. Let’s look at the when, what and how of roof inspections you do yourself.
When, What and How of Inspections for Your Roof
At least twice a year, you should perform a visual roof inspection. Usually, the end of spring and the beginning of fall are the best time to assess your roof. If you have an unusually strong storm during the year, check your roof as well for damage and issues.
Look for missing shingles, damage, and other signs your roof may be in bad shape. If you notice mildew, leaks, or musty smells in your home, it’s time to call a professional. You want to look at the roof surface, the flashing, gutters, and the underside of the roof at possible for anything that looks out of place.
Never get on the roof yourself to check for issues. Always check from the ground. If you have a pair of binoculars, this can help make the task easier. While some will advise you can use a small ladder to get a closer look, it can be dangerous to do this if you don’t know the current condition of your roof.
If you notice any issues with your roof or components, call a professional roofer to come out and give you an estimate on repairs or replacement. Let them know what you found and they can look into those issues for you and let you know what it’ll take to get the job done.