Australians are a handy bunch. We may not be mechanics, but we’ve got a bit of car-engine knowhow. We may not be professional handymen, but we know how to fix things here and there. We may not be professional IKEA furniture assemblers, but we know how to… wait a second, is this piece the top or the bottom of the cabinet?! OK, scratch that last one.

So when it comes to inspecting our roofs for damage, it’s only natural that we get involved, too. In this post, Royce Roofing explains how to inspect your roof for damage, and how NOT to inspect your roof for damage.

Visual inspection from the ground

One of the easiest things a homeowner can do to inspect their roof for damage is to walk around the edge of the home and do a visual inspection from the ground. Of course, this might not be possible if your roof is flat or not visible for other reasons, but a visual inspection can be enough to locate potentially damaged areas. Look out for:

  • Broken or missing tiles
  • Moss, mould and mildew
  • Gutter leaks or rusty gutters
  • Signs of general wear and tear

We highly advise against climbing onto your own roof

We advise you not to climb onto your roof to inspect it for damage. Falling from a roof or ladder is one of the biggest causes of unintentional injury and fatality in Australia. In fact, roof and ladder falls account for nearly 20% of workplace injuries – a huge proportion. And for ‘do-it-yourself’ injuries, like cleaning the gutters at home, they’re the #1 cause. On top of this, roughly 1 in 10 roof and ladder falls result in brain injuries. That’s not a risk that anybody should be willing to take, excluding trained professionals.

Climbing your roof for an inspection will be pointless, anyway

Unless you’re a roofer yourself (which we’ll take a wild guess and say that you’re not, because you’re reading a roofing blog), then climbing your roof to inspect it for damage won’t bring any good.

The reason for this is that you might miss some damage that a professional roofer is trained to notice, meaning you may believe your roof is OK when it could be exposed to leaks and further damage. If you do find damage, you’ll need to call a roofer anyway. So, there’s no real use in getting up onto that roof.

Contact Royce Roofing for a roof inspection

Instead, just call the team at Royce Roofing! Our team of professional roofers diligently inspect your roof for damage, and quickly go about conducting repairs. We’re also Melbourne’s masters of roof cleaning, roof maintenance and roof restoration, too. Our 300+ years of combined experience as a team comes with affordable rates and friendly service to boot. Give us a call for a quick quote today!