Hello, Westchester County homeowners! This is Ziggy from B&W Group Inc – Roofing and Solar. As a homeowner, it’s important to take care of your roof to ensure that it lasts and keeps your home safe from the elements.
However, climbing up on a ladder to inspect your roof can be dangerous, especially if you need the proper training or equipment. That’s why in this blog post, I’ll show you how to perform a basic roof inspection from the ground.
Step 1: Safety First
Before we start, it’s important to remember that climbing on your roof can be dangerous. So please don’t attempt to climb up on your roof. Instead, perform a basic inspection from the ground and call a professional if you notice any issues.
Step 2: Check for Missing or Damaged Shingles
One of the easiest things to spot from the ground is missing or damaged shingles. Look for areas on your roof where the shingles are missing, cracked, or curled up. If you notice any of these issues, having them repaired or replaced as soon as possible is important. Damaged shingles can lead to leaks and other issues that can be expensive to fix.
Step 3: Look for Moss or Algae Growth
Moss and algae can grow on your roof, especially if you live in a humid area like ours. Look for areas on your roof where you see green or black stains. If you notice any of these issues, it’s important to have your roof cleaned to prevent any further growth.
Step 4: Check for Debris
Leaves, branches, and other debris can accumulate on your roof, especially during the fall and winter months. Look for areas on your roof where debris has accumulated, as this can trap moisture and cause damage to your roof.
Performing a basic roof inspection from the ground is an easy way to ensure that your roof is in good condition.
However, if you notice any issues, it’s important to call a professional to have them repaired. At B&W Group Inc. – Roofing and Solar, we offer spring roof inspections to ensure that Westchester County roofs are in good working order and ready for the upcoming season. Contact us today to schedule your inspection and ensure that your home stays safe and dry.
Here are some common signs that a roof is breaking down:
- Age – If your roof is over 20 years old, consider replacing it.
- Curling or buckling shingles – This is a sign of weathering and can lead to leaks.
- Missing or damaged shingles – Shingles that are missing or damaged can allow water to penetrate your roof and cause damage to your home.
- Granules in gutters – As shingles age, they can lose their granules, which can be found in your gutters.
- Damaged flashing – Flashing is the metal material that is installed around chimneys, vents, and other areas where the roof meets a vertical surface. If it’s damaged or missing, water can seep in and cause damage.
- Leaks – If you notice water stains on your ceiling or walls, this is a sign that your roof may be leaking.
- Sagging roof – If your roof is sagging, this is a sign that it’s experiencing structural issues and may need to be replaced.
- Energy bills – If your energy bills have increased significantly, this could be a sign that your roof is allowing air to escape, which can cause your HVAC system to work harder.
- Algae or moss growth – This is a sign of moisture buildup on your roof, which can cause damage over time.
- Daylight through the roof boards – If you can see daylight through your roof boards, this is a sign that your roof is in need of repair or replacement.