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Northern Kentucky Roofers: Article About The Roof Inspection Process

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Whether you notice damage to your roof after a storm or discover a leak, your next step is to inspect your roof. Northern Kentucky roofers recommend hiring a professional for this because they're trained to look for the less obvious signs of damage. Each roof inspector works a different way, but the major elements of roof inspections are usually the same.

The inspector may start with a walk around the outside of your home. During this walk, they'll take note of things like chimney locations, gutters and other protrusions from the roof. Some signs of damage may be apparent from the ground, but your inspector will take a closer look at these things as well. While walking around the property, your roofing inspector will also examine the siding. Some signs of roof or gutter degradation may appear here in the form of dampness or water stains. Some landscaping problems, like soil erosion, may also actually be a symptom of a worn roof or old gutters.

In addition to walking around the building, the inspector will also want to take a look around inside. Walls and ceilings on the inside of the home can show telltale signs of leaks.

The roofers from AnyWeather Roofing of Northern Kentucky would be happy to answer any question you have about attic insulation or gutters.

Many times, the extent of roof damage is more apparent from within the building's attic. Wind and hailstorms can cause shingle damage that allows water to seep in through the roof, and the resulting water damage can be easy to miss unless you get in the attic.

Finally, the inspector will examine the roof itself. While they're there, they will check the condition of shingles closely and look for those that are buckled, punctured or missing granules. They'll also inspect the flashing, which helps to create a seal around roof protrusions to keep water from entering the roof at points near chimneys and skylights. From the roof, your inspector can also check the components of your gutters, including the gutter seams and downspouts. Clogged, leaking and warped gutters can cause water damage to many areas of the home, including the foundation.

When the inspection is complete, your inspector will compile their findings into a report that includes the areas of concern and a recommended course of action. Many will also include an estimate of the cost of each repair.

You don't have to wait for a severe storm to schedule a roof inspection, and you probably shouldn't. Roofing problems can be difficult to identify, and the longer they go untreated, the more expensive the repairs can become. Regular roof inspections can identify these problems early.

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