A roof and gutter inspection is a practice that can help every homeowner get to know their property better and also protect it from very hard and expensive repairs. As a small rule of thumb, the quicker you figure out an issue, the easier it is to repair. But if you leave damage neglected for too long, you might cause enough harm that would need a roof and gutter replacement.
So, the best thing you can do is a DIY roof and gutter inspection every so often, depending on the size of the roof as well as the location of your property. Typically, if you have a home near a park, woods, or close to any type of tree, the gutters will get filled pretty quickly and should be inspected more often. In addition, if you live in an area that gets a lot of rain, hail, and snow, your roof needs more inspection than if you live in a warmer climate.
Start your roof and gutter inspection from inside your home. Go to the attic and check that the structure of the roof is intact. See if you have any leaks in the interior or even small beams of sunlight that poke through. These are indicators that the layers of your roof are not fully intact and doing their job properly.
Next, inspect the exterior of the roof. Check the shingles or the roofing material you have for any cracks or broken sections. Inspect the flashing and make sure it is intact.
Now it is time to inspect the gutters and make sure they are not blocked, especially where the downspouts begin. You need to make sure rainwater can circulate to the pipes without being splashed to the facade and causing mold issues. Unfortunately, leaves and other debris can block the gutters, and even cause cracks in them which leads to malfunctions. You might even choose to install gutter guards to prevent such issues from happening.
If you notice any issues during your roof and gutter inspection, make sure to contact a professional to deal with them. Call us at RH Renovation NYC to discuss the next course of action. Our team of technicians and designers will help you get your roof and gutters in prime shape. In addition, we can provide a cost estimate for free before the project even starts so you can rearrange your budget accordingly.