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Getting a new roof is a huge project with long-term implications. Using a certified contractor means your roof will get done right – giving you peace of mind for a long, long time.
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Evaluating the Roof
Look carefully for the following signs that your roof may need attention:
- Leaks in the attic after driving rain
- Blistering and peeling of outside paint
- Stains, mold, or mildew growth on interior ceilings and walls
- Roof shingle, sheathing and/or siding decay
- Missing, cracked, or curled shingles
How to Inspect for Damage
Why wait for the drip, drip, drip of a damaged roof? It’s a good idea to inspect your roof regularly, particularly if you live in areas of the country that experience extreme weather. You can inspect your roof yourself by either climbing on your roof or by using binoculars from the ground.
If you choose to go up on the roof yourself, remember to always utilize proper safety equipment to prevent falls or injury. See our Safety section for more details.
Here are some things to look for:
- Check flashing for damage or inadequate coverage
- Look under eaves and overhangs for damage
- Examine shingles for any that are missing, cracked, curled, torn, or warped
- Look for any open seams or joints
- Look for popped or rusted nails or stains around nails
- Look for signs of insects or critter infestation (squirrels love climbing on roofs)
- Check for sagging or unsound areas
- Check for rotten fascia and eaves
- Inspect your sources of roof ventilation to make sure they are not clogged
- Inspect gutters for sagging or signs of leaks and be sure to remove any leaves or debris
- Check for dark patches or biological growth
- Check around pipes and roof penetrations to make sure they are sealed and in good shape – there shouldn’t be any exposed nails around flashings (if so, they should be sealed)
- Look inside the attic for signs of leaks, dark spots, holes, or sagging sheathing
If you’d rather not go on the roof, or up a ladder, yourself, or would simply prefer a professional inspection, consider contacting a Certified Contractor near you.