Fort Worth Roofing: Article About Homeowner Roof Inspections
Roofs are a vital part of a home. They are relied upon to protect a home and all that is valuable within it from the elements outside. However, neglecting a roof can lead to serious problems and major expenses. Homeowners should be aware of many warning signs and symptoms to know when to call for the help of a Fort Worth roofing professional.
Shingles make up a large portion of the roofing system. They are a roof's first line of defense against the elements. They protect the roof from UV rays, wind uplift and water damage. If even one shingle has been displaced or is compromised, the whole roof can be put at risk. Homeowners should watch their roofs for any missing shingles, as well as any that appear to be dislodged, cracked, buckling or curling. Shingles that appear to be balding and losing their granules are also cause for concern. Homeowners can also check the gutters and places where their downspouts drain to look for flaked off granules.
An infestation of pests can also signal a problem with the roof. If the roofing system is cracked or otherwise compromised, pests will take this opportunity to move in and make a home. If a homeowner starts noticing pests, they not only need to call an exterminator, but a roofing professional as well for a professional inspection.
The expert roofers at Total Roofing of Fort Worth can answer questions about gutters or emergency repairs.
It is important to note that it is not recommended that homeowners crawl on their own roofs. All of these inspections should be done from the ground with a pair of binoculars or a short ladder for looking in the gutters. Getting on the roof should be left to the professionals who have the safety equipment and the experience to safely and effectively do so.
Homeowners should watch in the interior of their homes for ceiling staining. Yellow or brown stains in a ceiling are most likely the sign of leaking from the roof and warrant a call to a roofing professional as soon as possible. Also on the interior of the home, homeowners can crawl in their attic space to look for damp areas in the rafters or insulation, if they can see they see sunlight through the top of the attic or any mold or rotting wood.
Being aware of the approximate age of the roof can also help a homeowner prevent roofing problems. Most roofs last 20 to 30 years. If a roof is around 20 years of age, the homeowner may want to start preparing to replace the roof.