This post is brought to us by our good friends at orangecountyroofingcontractors.org. We hear all over the news that El Nino is coming to Southern California and I assumed that means now is a pretty good time to inspect your roof to make sure that everything is in good shape and ready to keep all of the water out. Because the last thing that you want is to try to find a roofer that isn’t busy when the rainy season hits.
How To Inspect Your Roof
#1 – Be Careful
To inspect your roof the right way, you will need to get up on the roof, probably using a ladder. If you are not comfortable doing that – don’t! Call a professional roofer and they will happily come out and inspect your roof for you. Of course there will be a cost involved, but if you cannot (or don’t want to) get on your roof, this is really the only choice. You don’t want to leave your roof uninspected with the rainy season coming. Believe me, you do not want to wait until El Nino hits to try to take care of your roof. All of the good roofers (and a lot of the bad ones) will be so busy that there will be a long wait to get a roofer to your house. That means weeks of blue tarps on your roof… you don’t want that.
#2 – Check The Flashing
One of the most common places that a roof will leak is at the flashing, or the metal pieces that cover any gaps around chimneys or dormers. You will want to inspect any of those to see if the flashing is pulling away from the shingles or if there is any damage to the flashing itself. All it takes is a little hole or separation and water can get through. This can cause a lot of damage to the wood under your shingles or even to the interior walls of your house. If you see any issues with the flashing, you will want to call a roofing contractor right away. This is not something that you can afford to put off until next year.
#3 – Check Your Shingles
The next thing you will want to do is to walk the entire roof looking at your shingles. Are any missing or pulled away from the other shingles? Are the granules coming off of the asphalt shingles (look for bare spots on the shingles or look in the gutters to see if there are a lot of granules in there – the granules are the tiny “pebbles” that give the asphalt shingles their texture). Look for any tearing of shingles, warpage, or curling. As you are walking the roof, just look for any shingles that look different or wrong. That is usually a sign of a problem that should be addressed. If you find any trouble spots, you’ll want a roofer to come out and take a look. It can often be fixed with a simple repair if it is caught early.
These are just a few things that you should be looking for as you inspect your roof. If you see anything that looks different or wrong, you will want to have a professional take a look to make sure that it is not serious. You want to catch any potential problem spots before they become leaks and threaten the integrity of your home.