Many homeowners will schedule a roof inspection this year. Which raises an obvious question – what does an Orange County Roofer look for during this process? For starters, these ‘rooftop detectives’ will examine shingles for significant gravel loss. Gravel, of course, is the material covering each shingle, protecting the inner asphalt from harmful elements such as sunlight. On the aesthetic side, the material also gives shingles their unique color.
Bear in mind, virtually all shingles lose gravel over time. Nothing unusual in that. But if roofers discover excessive loss, the shingles probably have deteriorated beyond acceptability. Likely, replacement will be necessary.
During this phase of an inspection, an Orange County Roofing company will examine shingles for overall thickness. A smooth surface indicates they’re in relatively good condition. Irregularities, however, suggest the opposite. Addressing this issue will be necessary.
During an inspection, an Orange County Roofer also looks long and hard at rooftop penetrations. No, these aren’t holes that have formed over time. These penetrations are various built-in elements of a roofing system. Examples include chimneys, pipes, and skylights. Such elements will be checked for proper weather sealing. Should this sealing become compromised, a home is vulnerable to leaks and other weather-related problems.
Beyond all this, roofing contractors will check for shingle adhesion, flashing integrity, and many other indicators of a properly functioning system. As they say, it’s all in a day’s work.
Would you like to know more about this topic? No problem. Just consult a local expert. Maybe you live in Laguna Beach. In that case, reach out to a Laguna Beach Roofer whenever convenient. You’ll get all the info you want in short order.
If you have questions about roofing inspections, Luke Roofing can help. A long-established Orange County Roofer, we provide prompt, reliable expertise for every residential roofing and commercial roofing need. No matter where you live in OC, you can count on Luke Roofing for reliable roofing solutions.
Thanks for this article about gravel loss. I've noticed on my roof shingles that the texture almost looks more like fiberglass than gravel glued to the shingle itself. Is this what you're talking about in the article? I've also noticed that certain sections of my roof show this worse than others. Some have no loss at all then other areas have shingles that have loss a great deal. Any ideas about this?
Great questions! Typically it is a type of gravel, but there may be certain shingle manufacturers that have used alternative substances to create the texture that serves as protection for the shingle. With regards to sections of the roof showing more wear than others there are numerous reasons this could be the case. The most likely has to do with sun and weather. Some sections of your roof may be more exposed than others to harsh weather and sun which could explain the differences. Another reason might be if at some point in time a prior roofer has patched the roof. Sometimes this will be a specific section or the roofing contractor might have layered the new ones in with some old ones to make the roof look more natural hiding the repair as best as possible. Our recommendation is of course to have us come out and take a look. The inspection is free and we'd be happy to help giving you all the information you need to make an informed decision about your roof and it's life expectancy.