It’s difficult not to think of your roof during this season of quarantine. The reason: you’ve missed your roofing maintenance schedule, and roofers cannot head to your property because of the lockdown. In doing so, you’re left to your devices trying to figure out the state of your roof.
As reputable roofers in Littleton, CO, we advise homeowners to avoid handling any DIY roofing at all costs. Roofing equipment is just as expensive as a brand new roofing installation or repair service. However, we can help you go through a roofing inspection by sharing our own process.
In all cases, our team representative will bring along a pry bar and moisture measuring device (if you report any insulation or humidity issue at home). We’ll ask your help for a ladder, but we will bring our own if you possess no ladders in your property.
Then, our roofer will head up using the ladder. However, he or she will not step on your roofing materials. The pry bar will help them lift and see the current condition of your asphalt shingle or clay tiles. In doing so, we can provide specific estimates about the current situation of your roof.
To learn about your asphalt shingle roof’s current condition, you can refer to Huffington Post‘s accurate roofing inspection post below. In case you need roofing services after this quarantine period, you can count on Ropa Roofing to help you with everything you need. Contact us as soon as you can.
How to Inspect Roof Types
The first protection any house has against the elements is the roof and there are a variety of roofing materials. You can learn a few basics about each material that will help you spot damage that needs to be repaired or roofing that should be replaced.
Asphalt roofing surfaces are granular. When asphalt shingles age they become brittle from the sun and other elements. Then the granules can detach from the shingles. Check in the gutters and at the end of the downspouts for asphalt granule deposits. Inspect the roof for spots that look bare where all the granules have detached and been washed away.
Also inspect for missing, torn or warped shingles. When the edges or corners of shingles are rising or curling, they have outlived their usefulness and will need replacing. Also look for indentations or punctures from hail damage.
While homeowner’s insurance usually covers damage from hail, if the property has been vacant or a previous homeowner collected insurance money and did not have the roof replaced or repaired, you could be paying either for repairs or a new roof. In some areas placing a new layer of shingles over the old is allowed by code.
There is usually a limit as to how many times this can be done such as 3. So if a property needs a new roof and you can simply place a new layer of shingles over the old you save a lot of money. But a roof that needs replacing and has reached the legal number of shingle layers will require a tear off and all old layers of roofing will need to be removed.
This can be far more costly than simply adding shingles so knowing how many layers are on the roof and the legal limitations can be valuable. You can commonly determine how many layers are present by examining the edge of the roof. (Continued)