We use the expression, “Having a roof over our head” to signal the importance of having a place to live. Literally, though, the roof on our house is what keeps weather out and protects the entire house.
Like all building materials, asphalt shingles expand and contract becoming brittle over time. That factor along with hard rains, high winds, ice, snow and hot temperatures cause asphalt shingles to deteriorate. Inspecting your asphalt shingles can help identify potential problems before major damage occurs. You should check your shingles once or twice annually and after major weather events.
While you may be able to see some of your roof from the ground with binoculars, you will need an extension ladder to inspect your shingles. You should observe all caution when using a ladder to inspect your shingles.
From the exterior, check for the following:
From the attic, look for the following:
If you don’t feel comfortable using a ladder, leave the shingle inspection to the professionals. Roofing repairs are not the kind of repairs that typically fall into the do-it-yourself category. If you find problems, call in a professional roofing contractor to advise you.
Don’t wait until water is dripping in your living room. Save yourself from costly repairs by inspecting your asphalt shingles on a regular basis.
If you have questions about your home’s foundation or foundation repairs, contact Atlantic Foundation and Repair at 919-855-0855.