Tackling projects around the home is something that many homeowners love to do, but it can be dangerous to inspect roofs. It is important to be dressed in the appropriate safety gear from head to toe before climbing high-pitched roofs, which means that even the most self-reliant homeowners can be confident about calling us for a free roof inspection. Stories that start with “Once the storm was over, I climbed up my wet roof…” usually don’t have good endings.
While nobody ever supports the idea of homeowners climbing up their roof, the great news is that you can follow a few tips to help you check for signs of possible roof damage safely so that you know whether you need to call us for a free inspection of your roof.
Homeowners can use a pair of binoculars to check for signs of damage safely from ground level. An important point of caution before getting started, whenever you are looking through optics you should never look towards the sun since it can cause instant, permanent blindness, which means that using this approach to inspect your roof carries some risk.
The best way to inspect your roof using a pair of binoculars is to start the practice when it is still new or prior to any major storm to help you get an image in your mind of what it needs to look like. After each subsequent storm, you should use your binoculars to scan your roof checking whether anything has changed. Roofs typically have a uniform appearance naturally meaning that you are on the lookout for outliers, which refers to anything that seems a bit out of place.
It might not be possible to see the whole roof from the ground, but you can see a good portion of it. Check for any signs of cracks, curls, wear, loose, or missing shingles. You also need to check for dings on any vents or trim or missing paint on your roof.
Depending on the design of your home, second level windows offer a bird’s eye view of a lower roof gutter when looking down safely from a second story window. If any granules are visible in the gutter after a storm, chances are that you have serious roof damage, so please call us for your free, no obligation roof inspection.
Granules protect the shingle by deflecting heat and UV away from the roof. Besides protecting the shingle from excessive heat, they are responsible for the energy savings that your roof offers. If granule loss is due to a storm, the damage might not be immediately apparent to an untrained eye.
Roofs the experience granular loss might not necessarily start leaking immediately, which may leave homeowners with a false sense of security and delay filing their insurance claims. To ensure peace of mind after a storm or anytime, call us for your free, no obligation roof inspection.
You can also check for damage to stained fences and hail dings on vehicles after a storm. Hail dings might even show up on gutters, downspouts, and trim on roof systems. A clear indication that it is time to call us in for an inspection is when you find branches or green leaves on the ground after a storm passes. Green leaves normally don’t fall off in mass during most storms, which means that anytime your yard resembles the wrong season, you need to schedule an inspection.
Hail that shreds leaves of trees, dings vehicles. Or scuffs fences, and removes stains has most probably damaged every asphalt roofs in the neighborhood but particularly more in houses with metal roofs and 30-year architectural shingles need to be inspected by professionals after a major storm. Damaged siding or window screens, broken window seals also mean possible damage to most roofs.
Any spots on the ceiling from the inside of your home are almost always a sign of water damage and possibly even a roof leak if the spots ever worsen after a storm. A small leak on your roof might only require a minor flashing repair. However, if it is left unattended, it is guaranteed to result in costly and extensive damage. Don’t hesitate to call us at once if you experience any signs of a roof leak. Water that drips constantly from the ceiling during fair weather might be a result of a leaking water heater or a HVAC unit and is possibly an emergency situation that requires the servicing of HVAC drain pipes or water to be turned off.
You have no real reason for not calling us to schedule an appointment since we always provide free and no obligation roof inspections. Even if you were somehow able to get on your roof, we still have the safety gear and expertise required to handle the project better. More importantly, we know exactly what to check for and can help you communicate with your insurance provider effectively.
We are local and often available to provide same day service or following day service for an inspection. Don’t hesitate to call us today for scheduling a free and no obligation roof inspection.