As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to ensure that everything continues running smoothly. This way, you can avoid frustrating problems that need repairing and leave you in a mess or troublesome situation. Routine inspections are a great way of catching things early, before small issues become large issues. Here is a list of the things you want to specifically look for during your routine residential roofing inspection:
Broken tiles or shingles: Broken tiles or shingles can be a bit harder to spot, depending on where the damage is and how minimal it is. If there is anything wrong, it should also be taken care of right away. Tiles can break, and shingles can rip or even start to curl up away from the roof.
Areas where problems repeat: Pay attention to the areas of your roof that tend to have problems where shingles lift or where anything else seems to go wrong repeatedly. If something continues to go wrong in certain areas, then a roofer may want to take extra precautions to make sure they put an end to those repeated issues.
Problems with the flashing: Any problems with the flashing need to be tended to as soon as possible. The flashing is the metal sheeting that goes around bends and other weaker areas to offer added strength. Some of the things that can go wrong with the flashing conclude the development of rust, the flashing separating from the roof, cracked caulking around it or anything else that doesn't look right.
Cracked or damaged rubber boots: You may find that the rubber boots around your vents are showing signs of cracking or other wear. It's best for you to have them repaired as soon as you can visually see that they are starting to show signs of excessive wearing.
Areas of a large moss build-up: If you see areas where there is a good amount of moss build-up, then you want to have these areas checked out by a professional. It may be as easy as removing the moss and cleaning that area of the roof. However, there may also be damage under the moss where the roof is decaying.
If you aren't able to go up on the roof to have a good look around and there are hidden spots of the roof you simply can't see from the ground, then it may be worth it for you to have a roofer come out annually to do an inspection. This way, you can rest assured that your roof is sound.