As a homeowner, its in your best interest to have your roof inspected annually. This is a preventative maintenance job that will help you to extend the life expectancy of your roof and save money on future costly repairs. You have a couple of options when it comes to performing an inspection: You can either hire a professional, or do it yourself. However, before you choose to go the DIY route, its important to be informed about what youre looking for.
A thorough inspection should include checking for cracked caulk, rusty flashing, buckled or blistered shingles, shingles that are broken or missing, cracked or deteriorating rubber boots around vent pipes, damaged or missing chimney caps, overgrowth of lichen or moss (these can point to structural decay within the roof), or black algae stains. Additionally, if you have asphalt tiles and find a lot of colored grit in your gutters, thats a sign that the shingles have aged past the point of usability and are in need of replacement.
Some of these problems, like missing or broken shingles, can be easily remedied at home without professional intervention. However, for more complicated and time-consuming repairs, its best to hire a professional. Before hiring one, its best to contact multiple pro roofing companies and ask for at least two bids on repair work. If the repairs are on the minor side, you can hire a handyman rather than a professional roofer, but you should be certain that he or she is licensed, bonded, and can furnish proof of liability, and has workmans compensation insurance. We service all roofs in Dallas Ft. Worth, Plano, Richardson and surrounding areas.