A roof inspection is important as it helps in the repair of minor roof damages before things blow out of proportion. A damaged roof would allow leakages and penetration off debris into a room. This is both unhygienic and destructive to private properties. Roof inspection involved doing a thorough check on all the roof components including roofing materials. It is, however, important that you understand the different types of roofs, the material used on them and the factors that are mostly related to their damages before you can conduct a preventive maintenance exercise. Below are some of the important information that will guide you before, during and after a roof inspection.
Major roof types and their common defects
1. Sloped roofs
These roofs are made from a wider range of material and have more complex structures supporting them. Some of the common roofing materials used in this case include shingles, slates, metals and tiles. Metal roofs are known to be mostly affected by corrosion from weather elements. Slates and tiles need to be smooth and free from cracks or broken surfaces. Shakes and shingles, on the other hand, should be free from buckling, mold, moss, warping and mildew.
2. Flat Roofs
Flat roofs are always affected by standing water. The effect of this water together with other weather elements eventually leads to roof damages if prompt measures are not taken.
Preventive maintenance check list
Debris and minor damages
Any signs of roof damage or deformities need to be repaired as a matter of agency. Overlooking such deformities will lead to a major structural damage that will cost so much to repair. Some of the roof components that are important to check during roof inspection include roof tops, gutters and downspouts. Some of these damages are caused by falling debris and dirt that go for moths unattended to.
Exterior components of the roof
Do an inspection of drip edges, chimneys, decking and fascia to attend to damages, rots, rusts and replace missing parts. Most leakages are known to occur around skylights, chimneys and vents. Timely prevention of such leakages assures you of the longevity of roof components and buffers serious effects of structural damages caused by prolonged leakages.
Interior Components of the roof
Interior components of the roof are always the first to be noticed whenever there is a leakage. It is however too hard to locate a leaking spot if a roof is very steep. This is because of the fact that the leaking area is always different from where the drip is spotted. Prolonged leakage through the interior components of a roof should warrant a further inspection of the rafters and trusses. The presence of rots, molds and mildews will be an indication of extensive damage of the roof structure.