Before Listing or Purchasing your Home:
The experts advise completing the following 13 checks:
- For homes with asphalt shingles, look for black areas indicating cracking shingles.
- For homes with shake or shingles, look for pieces that are curled upward, split, broken off or missing.
- For homes with slate and/or tile roofs, look for black areas that indicate slate is missing.
- Masses of moss and lichen, which could signal the roof is decaying underneath. Black algae stains are just cosmetic.
- Look for heavy wear around the valleys, the areas where water runs off the roof into the gutters.
- Look at the materials around the chimney and vent pipes and check for cracks, gaps and missing or fractured caulking.
- Check eave overhangs for water damage.
- Use binoculars to check around the chimney, trim and other flashings for signs of cracks, shingles that are coming up off the roof and general wear.
- Conduct an interior inspection for stained or discolored ceilings, which most likely indicates roof problems.
- Check your gutters for asphalt shingle granules. Lots of granules mean less coverage on your roof.
- Remove branches, twigs and leaves from gutters and clear out down spouts to allow for rain, snow and ice run off.