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Syracuse Roofing: Article About Visual Roof Inspection

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Since the roof is far above eye level, many homeowners don't think much of it until there's a noticeable problem. By that time, it's often too late. A professional Syracuse roofing company can be an excellent resource when it comes to identifying concerns with the roof, but homeowners should also do periodic visual inspections on their own occasionally. Homeowners should know what to look for when performing a "do it yourself" inspection in between professional inspections.

The first thing to know is that it's often not enough to just give the roof a quick glance from the ground. Potential problems might not be noticeable without taking a closer look. However, it's rarely necessary to access the roof oneself. Instead, climb up on a ladder and use a pair of binoculars to inspect the roof.

First, check for any signs of water damage. The roof should be flat, and bumps or dips could be a sign of a problem. The shingles should all appear to be uniform. If there's an area where the shingles' consistency looks a bit different, it may be due to the presence of water damage.

Pay attention to the general condition of the shingles.

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If the shingles are curling at the edges, looking brittle, cracking or are losing their granules, they may be reaching the end of their lifespan. While they may still be effective at keeping out the rain, homeowners should think about getting a new roof at this time.

It's also a good idea to look for signs of algae or moss growth. Algae shows up as black streaks on the roof and is not particularly damaging. However, moss growing on the roof can lift up the shingles and allow water to seep inside. The solution for both problems is to clean them with an algaecide cleanser and to prevent it from coming back by installing copper or zinc flashing on the rooftop.

Homeowners should also periodically check the roof from underneath as well. Check the roof for leaks on a rainy day by going into the attic and looking for areas that are wet. It's also possible to check for leaks on a sunny day by looking for water stains on the underside of the decking and by making note of any places where the sun is shining through the roof. If the sun can penetrate the roof, rain probably can as well.

If any potential problems turn up during this inspection, call a professional roofing company. Repairing the problems immediately can mitigate potential damages.

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