How To Check For Roof Damage With Do It Yourself Roof Inspections


According to the National Roofing Contractors Association (The NRCA) you should perform a roof inspection at least two times a year “in the spring and fall.” especially after a rough winter or heavy rain season.

Our experts agree, “your self roof inspection should begin in your home”

Check your ceiling on the top floor or attic (if you have one) of your home.

Inspect and look for:

1) Signs of leaks or drips (look on walls and floors)

2) Discoloration (usually brown, grey or rust colored streaks or spots)

3) Holes or bubbles/blisters in/on the ceiling

4) Insects that may have crawled in through hidden ceiling/roof openings

5) Rotten or damaged wood or ceiling fixtures

6) Look for mold

Next check outside your home. A pair of binoculars might be helpful.

Exterior inspection

7) Look for holes, breaks, missing shingles, cracks, blisters, buckling, warping, rotting or greenish algae growth. Be sure to look around chimneys, vents, pipes, skylights and other roof structures.

8) Look for particles and pieces of roof in your gutters and around your property grounds.

Be sure to examine drains, gutters and downspouts to make sure they are free and clear of debris (leaves, pollen, trash, tree branches and other particles).

If do-it-yourself roof inspections are not your “cup of tea” then be sure to get a free inspection from a professional contractor.


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