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The following areas of your roof will be checked and noted in our inspection to assess condition, report problems, options and recommendations to best respond to your roofing needs.

Your Smith Roofing representative will inspect your roof for:

  1. Nail Pops: Nails can begin to back out of your roof, do to expansion and contraction of your roof deck or insufficient nail length. Nails should penetrate you roof deck by ¾".
  2. Loose Shingles: Check for loose or missing shingles due to high wind or brittle shingles.
  3. Unsealed Shingles: Shingles that are unsealed are more likely to blow off during high winds.
  4. Curled shingles: Curled shingles is a sign of the shingles aging prematurely.
  5. Granule loss in the gutter: Granules in your gutter is a sign of aging shingles or premature roof failure do to hail or other causes.
  6. Deck Boards: Decks buys can come loose do to movement or excessive moisture. All deck boards should be firmly nailed and fastened before any new roof installation.
  7. Spongy Deck: Premature aging of your roof deck due to excessive moisture or other problems. This issue can occur in OSB, treated plywood, or plywood not rated for roof decking material. It may also occur in use of decking materials less than code standards or improper nailing or spacing of the decking materials.
  8. Plugged vents: Ventilation should be free of debris, insulation, or other materials so air can move freely throughout the attic. The best ventilation has continuous eave and ridge ventilation to avoid hot spots in the attic.
  9. Holes in shingles: One sign of aging shingles is holes in the shingles. Shingles with holes should be torn off and replaced.
  10. Black Spots on shingles: Black spots on the shingles is another sign of aging. Granule loss exposes asphalt that causes the shingles to age faster and become brittle.
  11. Chimney Flashing: Following the pitch of roof, check to be sure your chimney or roof-to-wall sections are flashed with stepped flashing and that counter flashing is in good condition and attached properly.
  12. Debris in the Valley: All Valleys and roof areas should be free of debris so water can flow smoothly and evenly across the roof area. Debris can cause the water to back up on the roof area and cause leaks.
  13. Missing shingles: Check for missing shingles on the roof area as well as hips and ridges. Shingles are designed to have a double coverage to prevent leaks. Missing shingles may expose shingle joints and may leak.
  14. Moisture in the attic: Check for moisture in the attic. Vents should be always open and allow for free air movement. Signs of moisture are ice crystals and black mold.
  15. Cracked shingles: Cracked shingles are a sign of roof failure due to excessive attic heat or improper manufacturing processes.
  16. Corrosion of metal flashings: Metal flashing exposed to the weather can rust. Flashings should be checked for rust. Metal with surface rust can be brushed with a wire brush and repainted.
  17. Gutter Clutter: Gutter full of debris can cause water to back up under the shingles and cause leaks.
  18. Insufficient Insulation: Improper installation of attic ventilation can cause ice damning during winter snows. When this occurs, ice can move under the shingles and cause leaks. Preventive measures are to install and ice and water shield type product 36” from the eave during the installation of the shingles.
  19. Plugged downspouts: Clogged downspouts from debris can cause water to overflow gutters and cause fascia boards to rot.
  20. Rotted Fascia: Consent water flow can cause fascia boards to rot and deteriorate.
  21. Insufficient Ventilation: Continuous ventilation is extremely important to keep shingles from rapidly aging. Your attic temperature should be the same as the temperature outside to prevent decking or shingle problems.

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