Taking care of the roof of your house is one of those chores that you always forget about until a problem arises. Homes in general require a lot of care, they are sort of like a well behaved two year old: you think everything is going great and then you turn your back for two minutes and suddenly everything needs work. Roofing can be tricky for many homeowners to keep an eye on, since many people either do not have the ability or the tools needed for them to access the tops of their roofs to perform the recommended inspections on them. However, there are a few simple tricks that you can do from inside your home that will help you to keep an eye on the state of your roof, before you end up having a massive leak that will be more time consuming and more expensive to repair. Also, if you are completely unsure about what kind of state your roof is in, then do not be afraid to contact your local roofing contractor to have them do an inspection for you. These are fairly quick and painless and not as expensive as you may be thinking. But first, follow these steps to do your own initial (and free) inspection before you decide if you need to bring in a roofing contractor.
- First, walk around and look at all of your ceiling areas from the inside of your home. You want to try to observe all of the areas that you normally would not notice, such as rooms with vaulted ceilings. Use a flashlight to shine on any areas that you are worried about to make sure that you are not seeing a shadow from a window. What you are looking for is anything out of the ordinary, such as changes to the color of paint in an area, or any change to the texture of the drywall. If you see places where the paint is bubbling, or the drywall is sagging, then you need to call in your roofer as soon as possible. That means a small leak has become a big problem and needs to be addressed.
- Look around at the walls as well, if there are places where it looks like a water stain is coming down the walls, then you could have a leak that is right where the wall is located. If you feel comfortable climbing into your attic and taking a look around there as well. Pay attention to weird smells as well as sights. If it smells musty then you may also have an issue.
- The most important thing for you to remember is that it is better safe than sorry. If you think that you have a leak coming in from your roof then call your roofer to have them take a look. If you end up being wrong, at least you double checked and now you do not have to worry about it hanging in the back of your mind.