Spring signals the end of winter, the beginning of warmer weather, and the perfect time to start looking for warnings signs your roof might need a little attention. While roof repair can be expensive, the inspection can be free if you do it yourself, and know the signs.
Before going on the roof, conduct a visual inspection to ensure it is safe from rot and debris. Make sure the pitch of the slope is no greater than 6/12. This means for every 12-inches of run, the rise can be no greater than 6-inches. This will ensure stable footing, and allow you to maneuver safely.
Different signs are the results of several factors including leaking, poor installation, aging, moisture absorption, and severe weather. Some of these signs are:
- Algae / Mold Growth
- Ceiling Spots
- Damaged Flashing
- Missing Granules
- Missing Shingles
Going into the attic and conducting more of an inspection is also a good idea. Look for signs of sagging between the rafters, light coming in from outside, leaks, and mold growth. If the problem is small, you may be able to do the repairs yourself. Contact a roof professional for a proper inspection and estimate in the cost of the repair.