The 4 Most Vulnerable Areas Of Your Roof

The 4 Most Vulnerable Areas Of Your Roof

Trent Johnson
Jul 8, 2010

One of the greenest things you can do is ensure the things you own last. A home's first line of defense is its roof and siding, and the roof is one of the home's most expensive components. Think of the elements that the roof comes in contact with: sun, rain and wind. Regular maintenance and routine checkups can keep your roof lasting longer. See 4 things you should be looking for, after the jump.

While a professional can most properly diagnose a roof problem, there are things you can do on a regular basis as an added measure against costly and permanent damage. By looking at these four key areas of your roof, you might be able to catch a problem before it gets out of hand.

  1. The exterior roof structure. Think of the supporting members under the roof that keep it taut. Defects can be detected by unevenness or sagging.
  2. The roof's surface including the shingles, nails, granular ware, flashing, and fasteners. Popped nails, loose fasteners, loose shingles or unsecured flashing are all signs of potential problems.
  3. An interior inspection of the attic space. Attic ventilation, damaged wood, water stains, rusted nails and mold are all indications of potential structural problems and potential health concerns.
  4. The interior ceiling below the attic. Look for clues of leaks (stains) or ventilation problems. Signs of water damage on your ceiling could also mean damaged insulation.

Keep in mind that owner inspection should only supplement but not replace that of a professional. If you do see a problem in any of the above areas, it's best to let an experienced roof repair person preform the fix.

See more details on inspecting your roof at the BuildDirect blog.

(Images: 1. Flickr members Geoffeg and 2. Flickr member Naelyn, licensed for use by Creative Commons)

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