One of the many tasks that homeowners are faced with when they purchase their own home is making sure that they are keeping up on all of their own inspections of the varies functions of their home. Areas like the roofing, the furnace, air conditioning, and gutter system are all systems that need occasional repair and maintenance that are new to a homeowner. As a renter, you often do not have the responsibility of checking up on these areas and maintaining them like you do when it is your own home, so sometimes when a new homeowner moves into their home, they are not sure exactly how they should go about caring for the various parts of their home. Adequate care and maintenance of areas like your roofing means that the life of your roof will extend longer and you will not be forced to take on the larger task of a roof replacement as soon as you might have without
The best way to make sure that you do not incur the additional work and expense of a full roof replacement is to perform your own inspection of your roof at least once a year to look for any potential areas that are in need of repair. A roof inspection can be a simple as taking a flashlight with you up into your attic area to look for leaks, but if you have the proper tools with you it can also be much more extensive.
The first step to a roof inspection starts on the inside of your home and is as easy walking around your home and looking up. The ceilings of a home can be an easy place to ignore, especially if you live in a home with vaulted ceilings. Take some time to simply observe your ceilings, particularly right where the ceiling meets the wall. You are looking for areas that are discolored or places where the drywall is puckering or bubbling. All of these things are signs of water damage. If you have water damage on the inside of your home, then you likely have a much larger issue up on your roof and will need to have a professional out to perform the necessary roof repairs.
The next step is to get up into your attic area. All homes have them, but each of them is unique in their shape or size. Either way, take your flashlight and try to get all the way up into the attic. You are looking for any signs of dampness or water in the attic, which should never be present. Turn off all of the lights and check to see if sunlight is making its way into the attic. If sunlight can get in, then water can too.
Use a tall and sturdy ladder to climb up on the outside of your roof. You are looking for gutters that are full and cluttered or filled with sand and grit from the shingles, as well as torn, loose or missing roof shingles.