Blue Fox Roofing encourages our handy members of the community to take a direct role in the care of their roofs. If you feel comfortable checking out your own roof, there are several things you can do to delay a professional Charlotte roof evaluation.
As a responsible Charlotte homeowner, you’re more than capable of recognizing signs your roof needs inspecting yourself. If you’re especially worried about the status of your roof or need to know how to evaluate it yourself, you’ll need some professional tips for roof inspection first.
Start On The Ground
It may seem counterintuitive, but the first step to evaluating your roof begins on the ground. Walk around your entire house, noting any suspicious areas of the roof or eaves that you can see from the ground. Sagging, damage and aging are all things that are important to look out for. Once you’re satisfied with what you’ve seen, you can make your way up to the roof.
Stay Vigilant On The Roof
Once you’re up on the roof, there are a number of things to look for. Remember to use extreme caution when walking on the roof — especially over steep pitches and after inclement weather.
Evaluate Your Shingles
If you have shingles as your main roofing material, it’s really important to figure out their condition. Any damage or change to the condition of the shingles basically makes that area vulnerable to water and other elements. You should look for any:
- Curling shingles
- Damaged shingles
- Missing shingles
- Granule loss
If you notice any of the above shingle problems, you need to have those shingles replaced or repaired as soon as you can. Again, leaving shingles damaged leaves your roof open to the elements. Don’t put your home at risk when expert roof repairs are just a call away!
Look For Moss or Water Damage
If there are any areas of the roof covered in moss, algae or piles of leaves, your roof may have water damage. When algae or moss is allowed to grow, it prevents the roof from operating the way it should. Plus, an area of water damage could be affecting the inside of the house as well. You need to stop the spread of damage as quickly as you can by calling for professional help.
Clean Out The Gutters
If you have gutters or downspouts on your home, you should take stock of them while you’re on the roof. Clogged and overflowing gutters pose huge problems for your roof. If you haven’t cleaned out your gutters recently, consider doing so as soon as you can. This may reveal rotting in your roof overhangs or joint damage on the gutters. Every piece of your home and roof affects another, so don’t let your gutters be the reason your roof deteriorates.
If your home has an attic, head there last. Shine a light along the underside of the roof to identify any internal damage. If you notice water damage, leaks or other abnormal signs, your home is at risk. Don’t wait until the next storm sends a flood of water into your home, call on professionals to repair your roof.
Count On Expert Roof Inspectors
If you feel uncomfortable assessing your roof, our team is ready to help out. A seasoned roof inspector will be able to spot any and all repairs your roof needs, and you’ll be able to sleep soundly knowing your home is protected. Give us a call today for the stellar roof inspection you deserve!