DIY Roofing InspectionsGil Stein
DIY Roofing Inspections
When there’s a real problem with your roof, it’s best to hire an expert to take a look at it, but it’s always good practice for you to get up there periodically, just to see if everything is working the way it should. After all, the damage from an ineffectively covered roof can be a major inconvenience to your family, and a great deal of money out of your pocket. So, here are a few components you should regularly check on your roof:
The very purpose of your gutter system is to channel rain water from the roof toward a downpipe, and onto the ground. Without gutters, the walls of your home would become saturated with moisture and slowly deteriorate the structure.
The problem: Whatever the material used for guttering, an accumulation of dirt, leaves, and other debris that slides off the roof can lead to a gutter blockage.
The solution: Check your gutters around twice a year for any blockage debris, and gentle but thoroughly remove it with a trowel. To prevent future blockage, place small crushed ball of chicken wire at the outlet of the downpipe. This will gather and concentrate the debris.
Believe it or not, your chimney is a relatively complex roofing component, and it needs to be checked from many different areas to properly diagnose problems.
The problem: Mortar or flashing on chimneys can deteriorate with age, and be in need of repair or replacement.
The solution: Inspect the ceiling after a long period of rain, if stains are found, trace the source of the stain the best you can, as it is not always directly overhead. Once the source is located, call a professional!
From the roof space…
The problem: Water staining on the ceiling or on the chimney breast walls is usually indicative of dampness getting through. This dampness entails problems with the flashings or mortar, causing the water to penetrate and run down the walls. If there is water staining inside a room near a fireplace lower down the walls, then the problem could be due to the flue and the fireplace being completely sealed.
The solution: Check inside the roof space for signs of dampness around the chimney stack, and if you see significant dampness, call your Florida roofing contractors!
From outside, at ground-level…
- broken, cracked or missing chimney pots
- cracks in the motor holding the post into position
- missing mortar from between bricks on the stack itself
- leaning chimney
- bulges in the masonry
The solution: Get up on a ladder and examine your chimney for these possible problems. If you can’t get up on a ladder, use a good pair of binoculars and scan from all visible angles. If you do find that your chimney has any of the ailments listed above, it’s in your best interest to call an expert roofer.
If you want to learn more about how to diagnose your problems, or if you know your in need of a roof repair, don’t hesitate to contact Hercules Roofing. We’re your florida roofing inspection professionals!