Roof Inspections by Runyon Roofing Mentor, Ohio

How’s Your Roof?

Most people take for granted their roof is maintenance free, but this is far from true; especially if your roof is over ten years old. Factors such as; deck movement, added insulation, original material and workmanship can sometimes cause the failure of the roof prematurely. An annual inspection by yourself or by a professional roofer, along with proper maintenance, will give you the full life expectancy of your roof.


Getting information about the construction and what type of roofing is an important step in the inspection. This information dictates what maintenance and repairs are needed.

  1. What type of roofing deck?
  1. Plywood
  2. Sheathing boards
  3. Space sheathing
  • What is the age of the existing roof, and the expected life span?
  • What type of roofing material?
    1. Shingles (asphalt or fiberglass)
    2. Slate or tile
    3. Wooden shingles or shakes
    4. What type of flashing material?
      1. Roll roofing
      2. Aluminum
      3. Galvanized
      4. Copper
      5. Have there been previous repairs?
      6. What type of ventilation?
        1. Gable vents
        2. Ridge vents
        3. Louvers
        4. Soffit vents
        5. Is there adequate ventilation?
        6. Is there an "ice dam" problem in the winter?
        7. Does the roof leak now?
        8. Should the roof be repaired, replaced, or taken off and replaced?

          By making an annual inspection, you can be alerted to a problem or potential problems that otherwise may go unnoticed and turn a small repair into a larger and more expensive project.


          From the Outside:

          1. Check all metal flashing for holes, cracks and corrosion.
          2. Check chimney for cracks in the masonry on all sides, especially on top around flu liners.
          3. Check all caulking around stacks, vents and walls.
          4. Check all guide wires and antenna anchors for proper caulking.
          5. Check shingles for curling, buckling and blistering (shingles should always lay flat).
          6. Check shingles, especially in cut-out slot, for cracks, wear and missing granules. Shingles always wear faster in cutouts because there is only one layer at each of these cutouts.
          7. Check gutters for excessive granules.

          From the Attic:

          1. Check deck for water stains, mildew, decay, delaminating of plywood and overall soundness.
          2. Check around all vents, chimney and stacks for water entry. (Also check chimney for leaching calcium.)
          3. Make sure all vents are unobstructed and free of debris.
          4. After a long period of very cold weather, check deck for frost (an indication of excessive humidity trapped in the attic).


          If you choose to inspect the roof yourself, make sure you use the utmost care and safety! We do recommend a professional be called in when inspecting steep pitched roofs.

          If you choose to have an inspection, we recommend at least two or three estimates. Most roof inspections should be free, but always ask first.

          Never be afraid to ask questions. If you are not satisfied with the answers, then get another estimate! After all, it is your house and you have to live with it. A professional roofer should be able to answer almost all your questions

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