It is important to have shingle roofs maintained properly, which means that they need routine inspections and occasional repairs to ensure they last. In addition, roofing eventually needs to be replaced, and you likely want to know when the repairs are too much or when it's time for an inspection. The following DIY roof inspection guide will help you know when it is time to have your roof replaced:
1. Start Your Roof Inspection with the Right Gear
Since, safety is the most important part of roof inspections, make sure you have all the gear. This should include a good pair of jeans, soft-soled shoes (to prevent slipping on shingles), and good gloves. In addition, you always want to use an extension ladder to do roof maintenance—never use step ladders.
2. Look for Signs of Wear and Damage at the Eaves
Once you have all the gear, lean the extension ladder against the eave of your roof to start inspecting. From the safety of the lower rungs of the ladder, inspect the gutters for signs of leaks at the eaves. Also, check the shingles at the edge of the roof for signs of wear and damage that often starts hear due to winter weather and debris from trees. You'll then need to check the valleys or anywhere there is runoff. If you need to have a roof replacement done, you will want to reinforce these areas to help protect them from damage.
3. Check Gutters, Roof Vents, and Flashing for Problems
Damage often starts around the vents, gutters, and flashing of your home. These are materials that often wear and start to leak before you have the roof replaced. Sometimes, an occasional leak around these areas may only need minor repairs. But if the damage is widespread, it may mean that the shingles need to be replaced.
4. Know the Telling Signs of Shingle Wear
There are also the telling signs of shingle wear that means it is time to have a roof replacement done. These problems include deformation of shingles like curling or shrinking; problems with flashing, vents, and mechanical boots; or widespread minor leaks and damage.
This DIY roof inspection guide will help you know when it is time to have roof repairs and replacements done. If you need help, contact a local roofer so they can explain the problems and offer solutions for your asphalt shingle roof.