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Austin Roofing: Article About Roof Inspection Guidelines

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It is certainly advisable for homeowners to regularly inspect their roof, but it is not much good to do so if the homeowner does not exactly know what to look for. Homeowners should have a clear understanding of the various indicators that reveal the need for roof repair or replacement, and many of these indicators can be somewhat subtle to the uninitiated. Developing the ability to recognize the most common Austin roofing issues is therefore quite important, as a regular inspection is only effective in preventing costly and extensive repairs if the person conducting the inspection is qualified to do so.

An inspection checklist should be developed and should include items related to both the interior and exterior of the home as well as other factors such as energy consumption. An interior inspection can begin in the attic, where the homeowner should inspect the roof sheathing for any signs of leakage. If there is water damage evident to the sheathing, the homeowner should be able to recognize this as a sign that the roof flashing is damaged or that the underlayment has become prone to leakage. Any signs of mold or mildew growth in the attic may be an indicator that the attic is not properly ventilated and is in need of improved airflow.

Other interior indicators that homeowners should look for include the presence of water stains on the ceilings or walls, along with peeling paint or other kinds of decay caused by moisture.

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The presence of these issues may point to a leaky roof or inadequate ventilation, both of which are issues that should be corrected as quickly as possible. An exterior inspection should include a visual check of the shingles for any signs of wear or damage, such as blistering, curling or discoloration. Moisture beneath the shingles may cause blistering and curling, while discoloration may be the result of granule loss. In either case, this type of degradation will affect the ability of the shingles to protect the roof and will require timely replacement.

One of the most obvious but commonly overlooked indicators relates to energy costs. Energy expenditures should be closely monitored so that any rapid changes are immediately recognized. If there is no obvious explanation for a sudden increase in heating or cooling costs, it may very well be the case that there is an issue with the roof system. An improperly ventilated attic may cause cooling costs to rise, and water damage to insulation materials may result in reduced energy efficiency as well. A clear understanding of what to look for during an inspection will serve homeowners well when it comes time to address any roofing issue.

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