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Things to Look For During your Phoenix Home's Roof Inspection

Inspecting your roof at least once a year during the spring months can help you save thousands of dollars in roofing repairs later on down the road. The best part is if you are handy and have an eye for detail, you can inspect your roof yourself! Do not, however, get on top of your roof without inspecting the inside first to make sure that there are no rotting boards underneath your shingles.

Inside Roof Inspection Checklist

Here are a few things you should look for when performing your own roof inspection on your Phoenix home

  1. Water stains or spots -- these could mean that you are missing some shingles or some are loose. These you might be able to fix yourself, or you can contact a professional who can pin point the exact area that the leak is coming from.

  2. Daylight shining through holes -- This typically means that your shingle is missing from the top of your roof. During your roof inspection on your Phoenix home if you come across these small holes, you can stick a straw through them so you know the exact location of the area that needs a replacement shingle.

What to Look for on the Outside of your Phoenix Home

This does not necessarily mean get up on your roof and check for these things. You might be able to see these problems easier from the ground, and the less you walk on your roof the better. Grab a pair of binoculars and look for these common problems.

  1. Missing or damaged shingles -- Probably the most common issue found during a roof inspection is missing shingles. This can lead to a failing roof, leaks, etc. Fix these by nailing new shingles in its place.

  2. Rust spots on flashing -- Flashing is the metal that prevents water from leaking into your home. Making sure your flashing is not rusting will help keep them from failing.

  3. Moss or other environmental substances -- Signs of these could mean that your roof boards underneath are rotting. This is a serious issue and needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

  4. Worn rubber boots around vent pipes -- These also prevent water from seeping into your home. To help keep your home dry, make sure these are always intact and in good shape.

  5. Granules in your gutters -- This is a severe sign that your roof is nearing the end of it's life.

Roof inspection is extremely important for the upkeep of your Phoenix home and it does not have to cost hundreds of dollars to just check it once a year. Save yourself money by checking it yearly and calling a professional if you run into any issues during your roof inspection. Fixing problems when they arise will help you keep your roof in tip top shape for a longer period of time.

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