How to ‘Read’ Your Roof…

Your roof is up there to provide a waterproof covering, to protect what it covers (just like an umbrella) – all things below, including your prized and beloved possessions…

It therefore makes good sense to protect from water-damage, which could or would result from a leak due to the shingles wearing-out or being damaged (ie. winter storms /impact damage /pests – such as raccoons, squirrels, birds) – BEFORE it leaks.

Asphalt roof shingles are by far the most common type throughout North America, although some homes have cedar shakes /concrete tiles /metal panels /more modern composite materials. Most could be expected to last up to “20 years”.

It is highly recommended to keep a good lookout for deterioration, damages, etc., but of course the out-of-sight out-of-mind factor so often applies and the average home owner just is not comfortable going “up there” to check conditions and /or is not experienced enough to know what to look for…

One could hire a Roofing contractor, certainly, but it may well be better to hire a professional Home Inspector to offer unbiased information, with only YOUR best interest in mind and no hidden agenda in-mind.

Pre-Winter check-up and /or after Winter is past is a recommended time to look carefully; and here are just some aspects to be on look out for:

  • Excessive granule-loss
  • Deteriorated flashings /sealants
  • Open blisters /cracked shingles
  • Missing shingles
  • Animal damage
  • Gutters pulling-away
  • Chimney deterioration
  • Exposed nail heads
  • Poor /deficient Roofing contractor workmanship
  • Insufficient ventilation (attic)
  • How close are you to replacement time?

Glenn Duxbury & Associates
Building Inspection and Consulting
125 DeBeck Street
New Westminster,
BC, V3L 3H7

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