How often do you inspect your roof? Most of us rarely look at our roofs. If there is a trouble spot with your roof it’s better to catch it early. Neglected problems can lead to more costly repairs. Damage can extend to roof boards, insulation and even interior ceiling and wall damage.

For those of us who live in Vancouver or most of the South Coast we can get away with an annual inspection if there hasn’t been any extreme weather. When there has been a severe wind storm or harsh freezing spell it is a good idea to inspect the roof afterwards*. High wind storms can damage shingles and freezing water can harm flashings.

Start your roof inspection in the attic:

  • Look for signs of water damage and leaking.
  • Look for dark spots and trails.
  • Look for signs of outside light.

Inspect the exterior of your roof:

  • Look for damaged or missing shingles.
  • Look for excessive amounts of shingle grain in the gutters.
  • Look for signs of moss build up.

With asphalt shingles the most common damage comes with age. As the shingle ages it becomes brittle and starts to ‘bald’ as the granular surface starts to wear off. Look closely for bald spots and warping. If you see the shingles curling up it is time to replace the shingles.

Cedar shingle roofs will typically last over 30 years depending on the climate. Inspect your roofing for signs of dry rot or warping. Generally if over one third of the roof is showing signs of damage it’s time to replace it.

It is always preferred to repair you roof when damage or wear and tear are discovered. With today’s advances and technology if you have to replace your roof there are many great products available. Check out Penfolds Roofing products for our complete line of roofing systems.


*Climbing on a roof can be dangerous and can result in serious injury or death. Wet roofs are very slippery and should not be climbed on under any circumstances. Penfolds Roofing does not recommend that any person climb onto a roof without expert training and while making full use of appropriate fall protection equipment. Working off a ladder is likewise to be avoided. The following is a guideline only.

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