Tips For Safely Inspecting Your Home's Asphalt Shingle Roof

If you want to inspect your home's asphalt shingle roof but do not feel safe climbing up on it with a ladder, then these tips will help you safely inspect it for damage without risking your life in the process.

Tip: Use a Pair of Binoculars to Inspect Your Roof from the Ground

The best way to get a good look at your roof from the ground is to use a pair of binoculars. Standing in the street or at the edge of your property will give you a clear line of sight to the roof. Scan the roof and look for any areas that show these common signs of a problem:

  • curled shingles

  • discolored shingles

  • loose flashing

In addition, check the rain gutters to ensure they are securely attached and look for any green moss growth.

Tip: Search Your Yard for Blown-Off Shingles

When an asphalt shingle roof ages and the shingles start to fail, they will blow off of the roof and land in your yard. After inspecting the roof from the ground, walk all the way around your house and see if you find any shingles lying around. If you find any shingles, then your roof is nearing the end of its natural life.

Tip: Check Inside for Signs of Water Damage

You can also inspect your roof for damage by looking for signs of water damage inside of your home and garage. If your home has an attic you can access, then that is a great place to start.

When you go up in the attic, walk around and look for any water stains, flaking wood, or mold growth near your chimney, vent stacks, or around skylights. Additionally, turn off the lights in the attic and look for any areas where the outdoor light is visible. If you see any light, then those areas will also let in water when it rains and needs to be repaired immediately.

Tip: Have Your Roof Professionally Inspected

In conclusion, if you find any of the above signs of roof damage or water intrusion into your home, then it's time to call a licensed roofer and have them come perform a professional inspection. Even if your roof has a lot of years behind it, smaller leaks can often be caulked or sealed, and this can extend the life of the roof for the next year or two while you save money to replace it. 

For more information, contact your local roofing company.