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How to Inspect a Roof for Damage? [Infographic]

By on April 15, 2019

A roof inspection is one of those preventative maintenance jobs that’s easy to overlook. Many seem to forget that roofing material, like anything else, is subject to wear and tear, and is your first line of defense from the elements. While many homeowners are guilty of just inspecting their roofs once there are visible signs of damage (such as leakage), it is important that they know how to inspect their roof for at least once a year to assess its condition—be it in preparation for winter or during spring cleaning.

What to look for when checking a roof

You can hire a property inspector to do a thorough roof inspection or opt to do it yourself. While it it not the most technical job in the world, homeowners should know what to look for when checking and inspecting their roof. Check if the shingles are intact and in a good condition, and not deteriorating. There should also be no missing tiles.

In addition to the roof, inspect under the eaves and overhangs, the fascia, and guttering for any water damage. Check around all roof interruptions such as skylights, dormers, chimneys, roof mounted antennas or satellite dishes, and vent pipes.