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Do-it-Yourself Ways to Tell if Your Home Needs a New Roof

Springtime Checklist for the Roof of Your Northeast Florida Home

Personal calendars don’t usually spotlight “Check Your Roof Day”. After all, nobody likes to go looking for trouble. However, knowing what to look for during a casual, regular inspection can help you determine if your roof needs fixing or replacing. The National Roofing Contractors Association suggests that you take a good look at your roof in the spring and in the fall.

Where do you start? Inside the home, the attic is a good place to begin. Using a flashlight, check for trails and dark spots, areas showing water damage or leakage, sagging, or light coming in from outside. Other indoor signs of roof issues include: blistering or peeling of paint; stains, mold, or mildew on walls and/or ceilings; and an unexplained increase in your heating or cooling costs.

Outside inspections are made visually by using binoculars or by actually going up on the roof. If you choose the latter method the safest route is to contact the professionals at Big Fish Roofing Company to do the inspection for you. If you are truly a do-it-yourself kind of homeowner, make sure to have proper safety equipment and a buddy standing by on the ground…with a cell phone and 911 on speed dial.

When you are doing an outside inspection,

  • check the gutter. Is it sagging, leaking, or holding asphalt pieces from the shingles? Is it properly attached?
  • check the flashing. Is there damage or ineffective coverage?
  • check under the eaves and overhangs. Are there signs of water damage that might be from leakage?
  • check around pipes, fireplaces, sky lights, vents, and any other roof penetrations. Are their seals in good shape, or are they worn?
  • check the shingles. Are they cracked, torn, bald, or missing? Are they curled or warped? Asphalt shingles that are failing become brittle, crack, and come apart very easily. Failing cedar shingles split, fall apart, and may get mossy. Individual tiles on tile roofs might break. Wooden shakes may fall victim to wood-boring critters.
  • check the nails. Are they popping up or rusting? Are there stains around them?
  • check the seams. Are they open?
  • check for sagging or unevenness. Are there any unsound areas?
  • Check for mold, algae, and rot. Any of these will negatively impact the integrity of your roof.

At the first sign of any roof damage or other roof related problem, contact Big Fish Roofing Company. Our licensed and experienced team of roofers will provide you with a free inspection, a work proposal, and an estimate of costs. We will work with you to make sure that your family has a safe and properly functioning roof over each and every head.

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