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How to Inspect your Asphalt, Wood, or Metal Roof

If you have an asphalt shingle, wood, or metal roof, a visual inspection of your roof is something you should do once a year for your home in Gig Harbor, Port Orchard or Tacoma. When performing a visual inspection, you don’t necessarily have to get on your roof. In fact, we recommend you use binoculars and walk the perimeter of your home to take a look.

These different roof types need you to pay attention to various aspects. So, if you have an asphalt shingle, wood, or metal roof here is what you need to look for.

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are one of the most common roof types in the Pacific Northwest and should last roughly 30 years. Some will last longer; others will wear out sooner. So, what should you look for as you inspect your asphalt shingle roof?

  • Curling shingles. Look for shingles that are starting to curl or peel away from the roof.

  • Missing Shingles. Missing shingles should be replaced. And if you have several that need to be replaced, we recommend you call a professional. They will be able to help you decide whether you should replace the shingles, or if you need to replace your roof.

  • Look out for Moss. We’ve said it before, but moss part of life in the Pacific Northwest. Make sure you are working to keep it off your roof. If you need more information on this, check out our summer maintenance tips.

Cedar Shake or another Wooden Roof

A cedar shake or other wooden roof is a beautiful material that lends a great deal of character and charm to a home. With this type of roof, maintenance is a requirement to ensure the longevity of the roof.

As you complete your visual inspection, it is important to not walk on the roof. It is very easy to damage the shingles and these shingles can be quite slick to walk on.

What to look for:

  • Thin or brittle shingles. As your roof ages, the elements will take their toll on your shingles.

  • Moss and mildew. Like with other roof types, moss and mildew can cause moisture damage to your roof, so you will want to make sure you remove it.

Metal Roof

With a lifespan of up to 50 years, a metal roof is an excellent investment for your home. But an annual inspection is still a good idea if you want to ensure it lasts that long.

What to look for:

  • Dents or scratches. These can rust over and break down the integrity of the panel.

  • Wind damage. This includes panels that have pulled away from the roof, leaving it exposed to rain and wind.

  • Roof Penetrations (vents/chimneys) that are not properly sealed, causing leaks and water damage.

Remember, most of this can and should be done from the ground, or on a ladder. If you are concerned, we highly recommend a professional roof inspection to help you determine your next steps. If you need a professional, give us a call. We’ll help you keep the weather outside.

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