Leaky Roofs Cause More Damage Than People May Think

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Statistics show that moisture from leaking roofs cause more damage to residential and commercial structures every year than termites, fires, and storms combined! If you want to have a greater peace of mind about the condition of your roof and the safety of your property, the inhabitants and their belongings, perform a roof inspection on a periodic basis that allows for the early diagnosis of possible roof problems and a safe environment can be maintained for the building’s occupants.  The most crucial step in discovering and addressing roofing problems before they get out of hand is inspecting your roof yearly and employing a licensed professional engineer or architect for an opinion on the roof conditions and expected remaining life.

Shingle roof and associated components should be examined as follows:

  1. Inspect roof for missing shingle granules
  2. Check for loose shingles
  3. Inspect seals on shingles to help prevent wind damage
  4. Check to see if shingles are curled, brittle, deteriorated or broken
  5. Check for proper shingle overhangs at gutters and eaves
  6. Inspect all valleys for cracks and deterioration
  7. Check gutters and downspouts for blockage
  8. Inspect attic soffit vents and ridge vents for blockage
  9. Inspect fastening method used during original installation
  10. Inspect all storm collars at penetration  pipes for proper seal.
  11. Inspect flashing at all walls
  12. Inspect all pipe flashings for cracks
  13. Inspect chimney & skylight flashing
  14. Inspect all attic vents for holes or cracks
  15. Inspect all rubber boots around pipes for dry rot deterioration

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