cottage-768889_640Getting a professional roof inspection twice a year—once in the spring and once in the fall—can help diagnose, repair, or prevent water damage to your home by uncovering potential damage to your roof, whether the result of severe weather such as hail in the summer or heavy snowfall in the winter, or general wear and tear. An inspection can detect small, repairable issues before they turn into major problems that could require an entire roof replacement. As you consider scheduling a roof inspection, here are the two components involved with an inspection and how they can root out potential sources of water damage:

Interior Inspection

A roof inspector checks your roof from the interior by going into your attic and looking for key things such as proper ventilation and adequate insulation. The inspector will also check for the presence of mold and moisture in your attic, as these are signs of the beginning or worsening of water damage and will need to be addressed.

For example, you may have an air leak, which happens when warm, moist air from the house escapes into the attic around a furnace vent, chimney, or even recessed lighting. The inspector will usually recommend sealing these air leaks to prevent moisture from forming, and could also recommend hiring a professional mold remediation service to get rid of the mold, depending on the extent of the problem.

But another issue that can cause mold in the attic is a leak in the roof (see Exterior Inspection below). While some roof leaks become immediately apparent by causing water damage to the floors below, some leaks aren’t as noticeable and instead result in attic mold. No matter how big or small the leak, the inspector will recommend a repair to the roof to prevent future, more serious water damage.

Exterior Inspection

Checking the exterior requires the inspector to go up onto your actual roof to look for additional issues not apparent from the interior. These include looking for deterioration in or around the chimney; inspecting the flashing to make sure it’s properly installed around dormers, valleys, eaves, and rakes; and checking the condition of the shingles.

Two other areas of an exterior inspection that are specifically related to water damage include looking for snow and ice damming, which rear up in the winter on the roof and in the gutters and can cause moisture damage and leaks, as well as any other roof leaks that can be detected from the exterior. Ice dams are seasonal issues that can usually be resolved before the problem becomes something bigger. But a true roof leak is more serious. If the inspector finds a leak, they will be able to give you an idea of its severity and the amount of repair work involved.

As spring approaches, it’s time to consider getting your roof inspected. Contact Nubilt Construction today to schedule your roof inspection: 303-368-4688. Our roofing and construction experts can find and address water damage in Denver as the result of roofing damage, and restore both your roof and your home’s integrity.