How to Safely Inspect Your Roof

Spot the Warning Signs of Potential Damages

It can be hard to tell that something’s wrong with your roof unless you know how to spot even the subtlest warning signs. But even if you know what to look for, inspecting your roof can be a dangerous undertaking without professional training and experience.

That’s why we’ve had our roofers put together a guide to the very basics of roof inspection. With these tips, you’ll know what to watch out for and how to stay safe while doing it.

Take a Look at Your Shingles

Shingles for the outermost layer of your roof and are often the first part to show signs of damage. Luckily, they are also the most visible part of your roof, and you can easily evaluate them safely from the ground.

Take a good, long look at your roof and see if you can see any of the following:

  • Missing shingles
  • Discoloration
  • Pooled water
  • Curled shingles
  • Visible cracks

If you spot any of the above, contact our roofing professionals ASAP. Your roof may have a serious issue that requires professional diagnoses and repair.

Check Vents and Flashing

Using a secure ladder, carefully inspect the base of your chimney. You’ll notice that the area where it meets the rest of your roof is coated in a thin, usually metallic material. This is called flashing, and if there are any cracks or rust present on it, you may need to call our professional roofers.

Inspect Your Attic

If you have an attic, investigating it is a great way to safely check for signs of roof damage. Inspect the rafters and joists to make sure they still look sturdy, and check for the presence of water or mold, which are big indicators of roofing leaks. While you’re up there, look around for nests, droppings, and other signs of a pest infestation. If animals have made themselves at home in your attic, there’s a good chance they chewed through your roof to get in!

Always Put Safety First

Safety should always be your priority when inspecting your roof. Avoid walking on your roof when possible, and make sure any ladders you use to get a better vantage point are secured firmly to the ground.

If you can’t quite reach an area that may be problematic, your best bet is to contact our professional roofing inspectors to take a look. We have the skills and training necessary to fully inspect your roof without endangering you or your loved ones.