Inspection Checklist: Roof Damage

Inspect Roof Cover

Shingles are the most popular style of roof covering. Whatever roof covering you use the condition and attachment of the materials are critical to roof performance. 

 

 

 

If you have a shingle roof look for:

  • Loose shingle tabs
  • Cracks in shingles
  • Broken or missing tabs
  • Buckling or curling shingles
  • Blistering of tabs
  • Majority of granules worn off tabs
     

Inspect roof penetrations

Check for the following:

Are penetrations are well sealed and tight?

Are there gaps and/or signs of missing sealant?

Are there badly deteriorated holes and gaps?

  

Inspect off-ridge vents

 Check for the following:

Do vents wiggle back and forth?

Are they well attached?

Are there screws attaching turbines or caps off-ridge vent?

 

Inspect ridge vents

 Check for the following:

Are vents tightly screwed down?

If nails are used, are they are properly attached?

 

 Inspect for roof leaks

 Evaluate for the following signs of damage outside the home:

Leaks inside the attic

Water stains on roof decking – look around the chimney, around vents and pipes and valleys

Discolored roofing deck, rafters or trusses

 

Inspect for roof leaks

Evaluate for signs of leaks from inside the house:

Water stains on ceiling

Cracked wall or ceiling paint

Peeling wall paper