Roof Inspection Vancouver
Putting a roof on your home can be expensive so protecting your current roof or your new roof through careful inspection is critical to its longevity. Here is a list of things to look for and some things you may be able to do yourself to protect your roof.
How to Inspect your Roof
- Check the roof framing structure to make sure it is not compromised. Visually scan the roof for any sagging or uneven areas. Any sign of sagging that you can see is potentially a big problem with the underlying plywood or the structure of the home. "That’s not a do-it-yourself kind of fix."
- Inspect the gutters to make sure they are not clogged with branches, leaves, or other debris. Check for leaks as well. Seamless gutters are best, of course. If your seams are a bit leaky, get out that caulking gun.
- Make sure that gutters are fastened properly are tight and secure so that they don’t cause overflow and build-up, or fall off the fascia board.
- Check the valleys of the roof to ensure that they are also free and clear of debris that can add weight to the roof and also act as a barrier to rain and snow.
- Make sure there is metal flashing around roof vents, pipes, skylights, and chimneys. Inadequate flashing is one of the most common causes for roofing leaks.
- Carefully inspect the roof shingles. Look for curling edges, missing granules and cracks. You should also trim any branches that may touch the roof when the wind is heavy. Danger signs for a failing roof include dark or "dirty looking" areas.