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  • Writer's pictureRaim Yestayev

Homeowner's Guide to Roof Inspection: Expert Tips from Take Charge Roofing

At Take Charge Roofing and Restoration, we understand the importance of homeowners actively participating in the care of their roofs. Regular roof inspections are essential to detect potential issues early on and ensure the longevity of your roofing system. If you're unsure where to begin, here are some valuable steps to follow when visually inspecting your roof.

1. Evaluating Roof Age: The first crucial step is to estimate your roof's age. Many homeowners lack documentation regarding their roof's installation date. A reliable indicator is the presence of algae growth. In Alabama, algae typically appear on north-facing slopes between the 10- to 12-year mark. Darker algae can suggest a more mature roof, especially if it's exposed to significant sunlight on south and west slopes.

2. Observing Visual Changes: Carefully examine the surface of your roof for any noticeable changes. Look for low spots or raised areas in the decking that were not previously visible. These visual differences could indicate underlying issues that warrant further investigation.

3. Roof Penetrations Inspection: Focus on roof penetrations, such as vent pipes serving bathrooms and laundry rooms. The rubber grommets sealing these pipes typically have a lifespan of approximately 7 to 10 years, depending on their exposure to sunlight. If you observe issues in these areas, such as staining on your sheetrock, it's advisable to address them promptly.

4. Chimneys and Flashing Assessment: Another critical area to inspect is chimney flashing. Seasonal temperature fluctuations can cause nails to back out, potentially leading to leaks. Regularly check your chimney flashing for any signs of trouble.

5. Satellite Dish Evaluation: If you have a satellite dish installed on your roof, be aware that it can impact your roof's integrity if not correctly sealed and maintained. Ensure the dish is properly sealed to prevent potential leaks.

6. Valleys and Transitions Examination: Valleys and transition areas on your roof can accumulate debris over time, which may result in water damage. Regularly clear these areas to preserve your roof's overall condition.

These visual inspections serve as valuable tools for assessing your roof's condition and identifying potential concerns. However, if you ever feel uncertain or require a professional evaluation, please don't hesitate to contact us at Take Charge Roofing. We provide complimentary inspections and are ready to assist you in assessing your roof's needs. Explore our other informative videos, covering topics such as roof replacements, insurance processes, and inspection procedures. Your roof's well-being and your peace of mind are our top priorities!

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