Proper Roof Inspection with I.O.U Method

As homeowners, many would check their roof as soon as the heavy rain or hurricane ends. For many of us, it is a cue to head outside, climb up and clean their roof. Moreover, most would check the roof by themselves and remove any debris such as branches and leaves to avoid further issues.

However, keep in mind that the worst storm damage can occur is not always easy to identify. Not because your roof can take the beating from those violent winds, it does not necessarily mean not to inspect your roof. In many cases, you may overlook potential damage which can lead your situation from bad to worst.

Therefore, during storm season, it is highly advisable to always inspect your roof and be prepared. The sooner you can hire a qualified roofer, the better. This can avoid further issues and can implement necessary repairs before the next storm strikes in your area.

Rule Of Thumb

Even if you are not a professional roofer yourself, you can apply three simple roof inspection method to identify potential damages. Just remember the I.O.U. a principle which means – Inside, Outside, Up The Ladder.

Inside Inspection

This simply means that you don’t need to climb up the ladder just yet. All you need to do is to inspect the roofing system on the ground. You can begin your inspection in the attic and look for signs and manifestation of water. If necessary, use a flashlight in order to see even the toughest and overlooked part of the area.House HuntingYou should also check on the walls and ceiling. If you see moisture from rain pour, this is certainly a sign that there is something wrong with your roofing system. If you see sunlight showing from the plywood, this could possibly mean that there are some holes in the deck.

Sagging is another sign that your deck is weakening. Why so? The materials are deteriorating fast because of the moisture. This is a sign that your overall roofing structure is starting to fall apart. Better to call a professional metal roofing contractors Northern VA as soon as possible. The roofing system itself might not survive to the next hurricane.


Inspect the roofing system by walking around your house and examine as much as you can from the ground. When doing this, you might want to use a binocular so you can easily determine signs and possible damage inflicted by the storm.

Missing shingle(s) is caused by strong wind and it is obvious to replace the missing ones as quickly as possible. Watch out for cracked and curled shingles, these may fall or fly anytime soon. Reroofing would be your best option if there are plenty of missing shingles.safe_roofing_practises

Debris can be fallen branches, leaves and dry leaves which can lead to clogging if you don’t act quickly. This debris may also cover cracks or these can rub the granules and create damages over time. Therefore, it is always important to keep your roof clean so you can avoid such mishaps.

Detached Flashing can be caused by flying debris and it would be wise to call a roofing expert when you see one. The flashing keeps the water from the vents, chimneys and other parts of the roofing system that can be penetrated by the water. The flashing should be sealed properly in order to avoid any water intrusion.

Up The Ladder

When it comes to this part, in case that you are not comfortable climbing the ladder, you should not do so. Never climb up on the roof especially if the condition of the weather is safe. While it can be risky, this allows you to look closer and see for yourself what is the condition of your roofing system.

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Often, loose nails occur and there is a possibility that just one storm away, your entire roofing system would collapse. By climbing and assessing on the roof, when you see loose nails or nails head missing, it is wise to replace them immediately.

Carefully remove debris from the gutter and in all parts of the roofing system to avoid clogging and further damages. Again, if you are not comfortable with doing this, it is recommended to hire someone who can do this job.

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