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Tips for Inspecting Your Roof

House HuntingBy having your roof inspected regularly and making small repairs can prevent costly repairs down the road. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends you have a professional roof inspection at least twice a year, once in the spring and fall.

Interior (Attic)

  • Places where the roof deck is sagging
  • Signs of water damage or leaking
  • Dark stains-If you find dark spots, see if they are still wet or are old. Push a sharp screwdriver into the wood. If it is soft, it is a sign of rot. If the wood is stained but still dry and firm, it may be an old leak that has been repaired.
  • Outside light showing through the roof

Exterior check

  • Visually inspect your roof for cracked, torn, curling, bald or missing shingles.
  • Loose material or wear around chimneys, vents, pipes or other penetrations.
  • Excessive amounts of shingle granules in the gutters. The granules resemble large grains of sand. This may be a sign of advanced wear.
  • Signs of moisture, rot, or mold. Wet spots may not be directly under your faulty shingle; water can travel down to its lowest point before it drips.
  • Gutters and downspouts should be securely attached and free of debris. We recommend having your gutters cleaned at least twice a year, once in the spring and fall.

If you find problems, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to replace your entire roof. Many repairs can be made before a complete replacement is necessary.

Call 443-802-2180 or email us to schedule your next roof evaluation. Streamline Exteriors is proud to be an independently owned & operated family business. Our services include residential and commercial roofing, siding, and gutter installation, repair, and maintenance. We proudly serve the Annapolis, Baltimore and DC areas.

Flashing is the usual suspect of a roof leak

flashingFlashing is the material — aluminum, galvanized steel, or copper— that’s used over joints in your roof to prevent water seeping in and causing damage. Depending on the style of your house’s roof, you probably have it in the valleys, around the chimney and pipes, and around any dormer windows or skylights. Tight-fitting flashing around chimneys, vents, skylights and wall/roof junctions is essential to creating a secure, watertight roofing system. The majority of roof leaks are caused by missing or improperly sealed flashing and can be repaired fairly easily.