Roof Check-Up

Before Listing or Purchasing your Home:

The experts advise completing the following 13 checks:

  1. For homes with asphalt shingles, look for black areas indicating cracking shingles.
  2. For homes with shake or shingles, look for pieces that are curled upward, split, broken off or missing.
  3. For homes with slate and/or tile roofs, look for black areas that indicate slate is missing.
  4. Masses of moss and lichen, which could signal the roof is decaying underneath. Black algae stains are just cosmetic.
  5. Look for heavy wear around the valleys, the areas where water runs off the roof into the gutters.
  6. Look at the materials around the chimney and vent pipes and check for cracks, gaps and missing or fractured caulking.
  7. Check eave overhangs for water damage.
  8. 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.
  9. Conduct an interior inspection for stained or discolored ceilings, which most likely indicates roof problems.
  10. Check your gutters for asphalt shingle granules.  Lots of granules mean less coverage on your roof.
  11. Remove branches, twigs and leaves from gutters and clear out down spouts to allow for rain, snow and ice run off.
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