The DIY Guide: How to Inspect Your Roof

how to inspect your roof

Do you ever wonder what’s up there? We don’t recommend that you climb onto your roof – or any roof for that matter. But should you safely travel to the top of your building and check out the condition of your asphalt shingles, this is your guide. If you want to learn how to inspect your roof, you need to know what roofing issues look like. By pinpointing specific details that indicate the condition of the structure, you can gain a deeper understanding of the health of your roof.

Here are the most common problems you should look for when you inspect your roof.

how to inspect your roof

Curling Shingles

You don’t need a ladder to spy your shingles. If you get enough distance and have a decent pair of binoculars, you can see if the edges are curling up.

If they are, it’s time to call your trusted roofing professionals.

Home insurance companies will not cover you if your roof shingles are curling because it’s a sign of old age or poor roof ventilation damaging your roof from the inside out.

Granule Loss

Brand new asphalt shingles are as rough as coarse sandpaper. Any friction on the shingles will remove some granules.

The more abuse your roof receives from Florida’s harsh weather, the more granules are lost. As time goes on, some shingles can look and feel “bald” or smoother. Once your roof is receiving significant granule loss, it’s time to replace it.


Nails are an important component of every roof. But just how important they are is not fully understood by most homeowners.

The nails in a roof must be long and pierce through the entire roof structure to ensure a secure hold. Temperature fluctuations and corrosion from the elements can cause these nails to pop up or completely out, leaving behind holes that water can enter through.

All you need is a few loose nails to get a leak. When you see nails popping up out of your roof, they need to be set and sealed to protect the house from moisture.

Poor Tab Adhesion & Blow-Offs

If you stick your nose above the top of your house and can physically touch your asphalt shingles, gently try to lift a few up from the bottom. Do they peel away from the flashing?

If your shingles are flapping in the breeze, they can fly away during a storm. The glue that originally held them down has worn away. They call this poor tab adhesion, and it can lead to shingle blow-off and leaks.

Nail holes become exposed after a shingle comes loose, allowing water to leak through and into your home. This is why prevention is key. If you shrug off poor tab adhesion and blow-offs, it will lead to leaks that cause water damage and mold in your home.

Low Overhanging Trees

If the trees near your home touch your roof naturally or during high winds, it can spell trouble for your shingle’s health. All that friction can rub off granules and scrape away loose shingles.

Be sure to trim trees on your property and keep them a safe distance from your house. If any branches loom overhead, they can become highways for mice, rats, squirrels, and raccoons. Giving these animals easy access to your home can unintentionally welcome them as guests. It’s common for them to find or make holes to nest inside the attic space.


Even when you don’t have any nearby trees, hurricane winds can blow tree bits everywhere including on your roof. It might not seem like a harmful element, but tree debris can devastate your shingles.

When leaves, stems, sticks, and branches sit on your house, they decompose and become acidic. That acid decomposes your roof.

When you see light debris on your roof, your garden hose might wash it off. But if there are large broken tree branches, you need to call in professionals to remove them safely and repair any damage that the impact may have caused.

Roof Vent Corrosion

Whenever a new roof is installed, all other components are replaced too. That means that we can use every part of your roof as a tool to determine its age and when it will require another new roof installation.

Check out your roof vents for rust. If they are old enough to be corroded, then your roof is too old and needs an expert roofer like Roofing Recovery to inspect it and give you an assessment.

Looking for Expert Roofers in Florida?

Now you know how to inspect your roof. However, it’s best to leave roofing tasks to the pros! Look no further than Roofing Recovery! We have been in this business for over 35 years and know roofs like the back of our hands.

If you notice serious problems with your roof, you need a serious solution. Contact our office at Broward, Dade, or West Palm Beach, and tell us how we can help you.

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