Take a look outside! It is Winter time! When one thinks of Winter, they may think of the holidays or inclement weather, or maybe a combination of the two. Despite the fact that we may never get a white Christmas in California, we still worry about the potential damages to our roof from the rain. So, after spending all this money around the holidays, is there a way to save on necessary projects? When it comes to roofing, there is, “The I.O.U. Method.”

Let’s start this one off with the obvious… I don’t suggest blindly speaking to your roofing company about the I.O.U. Method unless you truly understand what it is! This may cause you confusion and certainly may get interesting when you are not paying the bills.

The I.O.U. Method is not what it sounds like, and is, in fact, a way for you to conduct an inspection of your roof on your own. By inspecting your own roof, you can save quite a bit of money. But what is the I.O.U Method? Inside… Outside… and Up the Ladder!

Inside

This one will require a flashlight and we suggest being comfortable with small spaces. You guessed it, climb on up in that attic of yours and let’s see what we can find. The first thing to look for are any holes in your roof. A simple way to do this is, during the daytime, to see if there is any sunlight passing through the roof. The second thing to look for is any dark streaks or stains. These stains or streaks are usually caused by moisture and poor ventilation, indicating the possibility of molding or rotting. Lastly, you must look for any sagging in the roof. This is an immediate sign that you should be replacing your roof because this type of damage indicates a structural issue with your roof.

Outside

Alright, now for some fresh air! The next part of the inspection starts by looking around the outside of your home. This can be done from the ground level. Conduct a visual inspection of your roof while walking around your home. Keep an eye out for any missing, cracked or curled shingles, which could be a result of damage from a storm. Look for any large dark patches on your shingles. The granules on your shingles, protect the asphalt of the shingle. If there are any dark spots, this means that the shingle is missing granules and this compromises the shingle. Lastly, take a look around the roof to see if any debris has bent the flashings around the roof. The flashings are an important piece when it comes to protecting your roof from water ingress.

Up the Ladder

Please note, safety is the key element here! For this portion of your roof inspection, you will need to climb up that ladder, onto your roof. Take a look around the roof for any loose nails. Your shingles are secured to your roof using lots of nails, and once those nails become loose, your roof may start to lose shingles. Finally, give your gutters a quick glance for any debris. You gutters play an important role in protecting your roof. So make sure that they are clear of any obstructions! Don’t want to clean them yourself? Talk to your roofing company about different options for gutter cleaning!

We hope that this information will provide you with a cost-effective option for a roof inspection! The I.O.U. method is a free and simple way to determine whether you will need to think about a potential roof replacement.

 

Sources

I.O.U. Method – http://blog.gaf.com/inspect-roof-o-u-method/