If you’re bored and have nothing to do at home, maybe it’s time to pick up a few skills that you might find handy in the future. Roofing repair and replacement might be impossible to learn (unless you have some equipment you can master at home), but you can master attic inspections. Inspections in this part of your home will help you reveal some telltale signs about the age and condition of your roof

Attics should be safe because they’re inside your home. Unfortunately, your attic is highly likely one of the most dangerous parts of your home. It’s important to wear a respirator similar to N95s that medical professionals recommend if you choose to step out of your home during this quarantine period. It’s not just because your attic might have spores.

Spray foam insulation and other similar chemicals contain airborne particulates, especially if it’s been a while since you’ve last had professional applicators inspect your insulations’ condition. Particulates — even if they’ve dried and cured — are dangerous for your lungs, which makes N95 masks imperative when inspecting your attic’s condition. Wear goggles if you can as well.

It’s important to look for evidence of roof leaks, which might be small daylight penetrations. While these look pristine and picturesque, daylight penetrating your attic indicates the severity of roof leaks you’ll likely suffer in the next few months or years. If you traces of yellowish or brownish stains, trace the sources of these stains. It’s likely you’ll find micro holes that indicate your roofing underlayment has finally given out.

Angie’s List has a great guide on how to inspect your attic. Read more about it here:

An annual attic inspection may not be high on your priority list, but delaying it could result in costly critter removal or serious health hazards. For example, rodents chewing on attic wires cause approximately 15,000 residential fires each year, and if there isn’t proper air ventilation you can expect your attic to become a breeding ground for mold.

GRAB YOUR GEAR

You will need a flashlight and camera (to take pictures of any problems) and wear long-sleeved shirts and pants because the insulation can be itchy.

BE CAREFUL

Make sure to only step on the rafters, not on top of the drywall or plaster ceiling, or you’ll fall through!

WATER DAMAGE

Look at the underside of the plywood under your roof. It should not have any watermarks or mold on it.

AIR MOVEMENT

Air should move freely from your soffit vents, through your soffit chutes or baffles, into your attic, and out your roof vents. You’ll know if there’s inadequate air movement if you notice evidence of condensation and mold on the plywood and/or rafters. (Continued)

Lastly, always make sure you’re working with dependable roofing professionals from Calgary AB, such as No Payne Roofing, for all your roofing needs. With decades of experience in the industry, we’re confident in achieving the best results for all your roofing needs. Contact us today to learn more about everything that we can do for you!