What To Look For When Inspecting Your Own Roof

Here at Pitzulo Brothers, we want to help our customers as much as we can, even if that means giving them tips on how to do things themselves rather than calling us out to do the job for them. While some things are better left up to your professional Lawrence County PA roofer for safety and other obvious reasons, there are things that you can do yourself. Today we’re going to discuss how you can perform a yearly inspection on your roof all by yourself and we give you some tips on what to look for – don’t worry, if you’re afraid of heights you can perform these inspections from the ground with a pair of binoculars.

Firstly, don’t jump up on your roof so quickly. The less you’re on your roof, the better for your roof and for your safety. Work your way around the house, noting potential problems. Here’s what we suggest looking for:

  • Cracked caulking or rusty spots on the flashing (flashing is the material that covers joints on your roof to prevent water from seeping in).
  • Shingles that are curling, buckling, or blistering.
  • Broken or missing shingles
  • Around vent pipes, look for cracked and worn rubber boots.
  • Since you’re looking anyway, look for missing or damaged chimney caps.
  • Masses or collections of moss and lichen. This could mean that the roof is decaying underneath. However, black algae stains are usually just cosmetic.

If you notice these things, we highly suggest going ahead and calling us so we can make prompt repairs. Leaving these things to get worse only means more costly repairs in the future.

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