Inspecting Your Texas Home’s Roof

Roof Inspection

When you live in Texas, you know that the weather can be sometimes unpredictable. It is important that your roof can withstand the wind storms, hail, and other elements that mother nature throws at you. A roof over your head is just one of the many things that account for a great life, so making sure that your roof is performing at it’s best is important. You should inspect your roof at least two times a year – once in the Spring and once in the Fall – to make sure that it will withstand the Summer and Winter months, but you should also inspect your roof after big storms to make sure there was no damage done on your Texas home’s roof as well.

A self inspection on your roof can help you save hundreds – if not even thousands – of dollars in damages. Visual roof inspections are fairly easy to do on your own, and usually do not take that long depending on what size house you have and how accessible your roof is both from the outside and the inside of your home.

The first thing you will want to do before taking a ladder and getting up on your roof is a visual inspection from the inside. Go into your attic on a nice day and see if you can see any holes of light popping through the boards on the ceiling. You can mark these holes with straws so you can see them on the outside and they are easier to spot. Take a flash light with you and inspect for any water damage that may have occurred. Water damage can be a big water spot, or can look like black lines running along the boards of the ceiling. If there is water damage, take note if there is any mold growth happening too, as you will want to get that fixed right away before it spreads as well.

The next step is to look on the outside of your Texas home’s roof. You can safely do this on the ground with a pair of binoculars. Look for cracked caulk or rust spots on flashing, missing or broken shingles, and shingles that appear to be buckling or blistering. Moss or lichen is a dangerous thing to see on your roof, too. Too much of these things can be a sign that your roof boards are rotting underneath the shingles, but black algae stains mostly cosmetic and nothing to worry about. Also pay close attention to the fixtures that penetrate your roof top like vent caps and chimney vents, as these can create problems inside your home and on your roof.

You can easily fix any damaged shingles you might find, or those holes you may have found might just need a nail to be replaced. It is fairly cheap to replace shingles and fix flashing or replace nails. Do not let your roof go not inspected, this 30 dollar fix can end up costing you so much more in the long run.