A quality roof is an essential part of protecting a home. Fortunately, there are steps homeowners can take to help ensure the integrity and life span of their roof. For example, it is important that the roof be inspected on a regular basis. Spotting early signs of trouble can help ensure roof repairs are made in a timely manner. Waiting for water leaks or other major signs of trouble can result in damage to other components of the roof. Water can leak through the roof deck and damage insulation, trusses and joists. It can eventually seep through walls and ceilings as well. As the damage grows, so will repair costs.
The inspection should start inside the home, then move to the outside. Signs of damage will vary depending on the roofing material that is used. A home with cement tiles might develop cracks, while a cedar shake roof might show signs of drying or mildew. Anything that looks amiss is a good indication that it's time to call in an experienced Fort Worth roofing contractor.
When inspecting the inside of the home, it is necessary to take a good look at the highest ceilings. This often requires going into the attic or crawl spaces.
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Look for a roof deck that is starting to sag or shows obvious signs of water damage. Other places to look for signs of water leaks include the insulation, on ceilings and along the walls. Homeowners should visually and manually inspect for water leaks. Sometimes moisture can be felt before it can be seen. If there is any sign of moisture, it's important to seek the help of a professional.
Other signs to look for on the inside include dark spots in the attic or even spots that seem to be trailing down trusses and joists. Also, a visual inspection of the underside of the roof is essential. Look for any point where light is visible. If light can be seen coming through the roof, it's a sure sign water will also find its way in. This is something that requires immediate attention.
The inspection of the outside of the roof can be a bit more challenging. Anyone who feels uncomfortable getting on their roof should have a roofing contractor handle this part of the inspection. The outside of the roof should be inspected for signs of damage, such as missing or cracking shingles. Granules from the shingles that are accumulating in the gutters can also be a sign of trouble.
When in doubt, have the roof inspected by a professional. Spotting problems early is the best way to prevent further damage.