As a homeowner, you likely know that in normal circumstances, your roof should be inspected once or twice a year for any issues that may have formed over the course of time. Things like leaks or worn and broken shingles, can damage the roofs ability to insulate and protect your home from the elements.

Your roof, like your gutters and siding are important to maintain, in order to keep your home in good condition and energy bills low. Getting a roof replacement or roof repairs can also dramatically help your home’s value. Many roofing companies offer roof repairs or inspections at a fair cost, but if you are looking to do it yourself, there are some things you should know and be on the lookout for.

Leaks
Finding a leak can be difficult, but if you enlist someone to help it can be done. First, carefully and securely go on the roof with a garden hose. Starting on the lowest point of the roof, soak the shingles with water. Have the other person stay inside the house, watching for dripping that may appear.  Have that person notify you if a leak occurs. Once a spot is detected, continue to move across the roof to search for any other possible leaks. The process can take a few hours, but worth the time and energy if you find the leak(s). If soaking the roof, does not show the exact location, you can remove the shingles in the suspected area and track it to the source.

Dry Rot
Dry rot is due to excess moisture under shingles, which allow organisms to deteriorate the underlying wood and cause mold issues. Dry rot is caused by lack of ventilation. With dry rot, the roof shingles will crack, become brittle and leak. Getting rid of dry rot consists of replacing the damaged underlying wood and installing a ridge vent. A ridge vent works most effectively, when accompanied with a soffit vent. The combination of the two allows for proper air flow and ventilation. This may be a job for a professional roofing company, as it can be complicated.

Inspect Materials
Sometimes shingles are faulty and can begin to crack after installation. If that happens, it means the materials are compromised and not providing protection for your roof. Faulty installation can also play a large part in leaks, so you need to make sure to check the materials and the workmanship.

These are just a few things to look out for when inspecting your roof. If you have any questions about roof concerns and inspections, contact

G & K Roofing and Remodeling, Inc. We’ll be happy to help!