The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that you have your shingle roof inspected two times per year. Ideally your roof should be inspected in the spring and in the fall. In addition to this, the roof should be inspected after major storms, including hail storms or hurricanes.
If you have never had a roof inspection done before or have never paid much attention to the inspection process, you may be unsure what a roofing professional looks for when they perform one. Here are a few of the various elements a roofer looks for when inspecting your shingle roof.
Shingle Granules in the Gutter or on the Ground
One of the first things that a roofing contractor will look for is loose shingle granules. As your shingles age, the adhesive that holds the shingle granules in place may begin to wear off. As this occurs, the granules may come off the shingle and wind up in your gutter trough or on the ground beneath your eaves and overhangs.
As your shingles lose granules, they become thinner, which reduces their ability to keep water from seeping in through your roof. If the roofing contractor notices a large amount of worn-off granules, this tells the roofing contractor that your shingles are nearing or at the end of their life span.
Lifting, Curling, or Splitting Shingles
The asphalt shingles on your roof are exposed to a lot of various weather elements, including rain, sunshine, wind gusts, and temperature extremes. Weather elements can take their toll on your shingles. This toll may present itself in a number of different ways including shingles that are lifting, curling, or splitting.
If your roof has any of these problems, a roofing contractor will pay close attention to the age of the shingles, the condition of the shingles, and how many shingles are affected. If the shingles are older or in poor condition and/or a large area of the roof is affected, it may be time to replace the roof.
If only a few shingles are affected and the rest of the roof is in good condition, only the affected shingles may need to be replaced.
Algae or Mildew Growth
A roofing contractor also inspects the roof for signs of algae or mildew growth on the shingles. Algae and mildew can grow on a roof if both spores and water are present. Unfortunately, algae and mildew both retain water, which causes the shingles to be constantly wet. This shortens the shingles’ life span. The weight of the algae and mildew can also cause a shingle to crack.
If mildew or algae are present on your roof, you’ll need a professional cleaning to remove these items. Afterward, your roofer can do a second inspection to determine whether the shingles are damaged and if they need to be replaced.
The last thing that a roofing contractor will look for when they are inspecting your shingle roof is missing shingles. When it is windy out, shingles can come flying off of your roof. The shingles can quickly blow down the street, so you may not see them lying around your home or property.
If you do have missing shingles, those shingles will need to be replaced. Shingles help to prevent water from seeping in through your roof and causing a leak. Replacing missing shingles helps to ensure the shingles can do their job.
Has it been six months or longer since your shingle roof was last inspected by a professional? Then now is the perfect time to schedule your next inspection.
Here at A&W Custom Carpentry and Roofing, serving the greater Charlotte, NC area, we can help you with all of your roofing needs, including inspections, repairs, and new roof installations. Contact us now to schedule your appointment.