If you own a home or are interested in selling your home, you should certainly get a roof inspection especially if it has been awhile since you have had one. However, doing a visual inspection of the roof is a great place to start. Here is a list of roof issues to look out for while viewing your roof. This is a cursory overview of some of the larger problems that are frequently identified during roof inspections. Of course, this is no substitute for a professional roof inspection, but it's a great start.
While many roof problems can only be identified by actually walking the roof, some defects can be easily seen from the ground. Be sure to view all sides of the roof. In older neighborhoods of Virginia with tall houses that are close to each other, it may be necessary to walk a fair distance away to get a good look at the roof.
- Look for any irregularities with the roof: shingles that look curled from the ground indicate an old roof. This type of curling almost always happens on the south side first, so pay special attention to that side.
- Look out for cracks in shingles. These typically won't be visible on second story roofs, but it's sometimes possible to spot these on single-story roofs.
- Mis-matched or patched shingles, missing shingles, and shingles sliding out of place typically indicate an improper roof installation. Keep in mind, a 'new' roof doesn't always mean a 'good' roof.
- Always look for loose shingles in roof valleys.
- When you see that a large section of the roof has been patched you need to wonder why the roof was patched to begin with. A patched roof is often the result of an improper installation that has led to shingles coming loose.
- Shingles without neat rows may have been installed that way, but it may also mean that shingles are beginning to slide down.
- Closer inspection of the roof may reveal that the shingles were improperly nailed, causing the shingles to slide down.
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