Most homeowners don't think about the home's roof until there is a severe leak or other damage, and even then, they may try to put off repairs or having a new roof installed for as long as possible to avoid the expense and hassle. However, a home's roof protects its overall structure from water damage, and it also insulates the home. Having a roof in poor repair can then mean larger repair bills down the road, and larger utility bills every month as well. To ensure you know when a home's roof may need repair or replacement, note a few roof features to include during a regular roof inspection so you know every part of this area of your home is in good repair.
Your home's roof will have vents that are actually connected to the home's plumbing pipes. These vents release gases and also regulate air pressure in those pipes, which then allows for proper water flow and waste removal through the home's plumbing.
These roof vents may crack and leak, which can affect that air pressure in the pipes. The pipes can also get clogged with debris, and even with birds building nests on them. It's important to inspect these vent pipes and the flashing around their base when you inspect the roof to ensure the pipes and flashing are in good condition and that there are no leaks, blockages, or other such damage.
Roof plumbing refers to how water is directed away from the roof and the home itself. This plumbing would include the home's gutters and downspouts, and any accessories connected to these pieces. A roof's plumbing is very important, as leaking or loose gutters can mean water collecting around the home's foundation, causing it to soften and crack. Clogged gutters can cause standing water to collect around the roof's edge, which can lead to water damage of those tiles and of the roof's structure itself. Along with inspecting the roof, be sure you inspect the roof plumbing for leaks, separated sections, rusted spots, and other such damage that may actually be affecting the roof itself.
Ridge caps are put over a slope of the roof, where two points meet. Without a solid ridge cap, the roof can suffer water leaks on that slope and at its base, where water might then collect. When inspecting your home's roof, check these caps to ensure they're secure and that they cover the entire peak of the roof's slope, for maximum protection against water leaks and structural damage along this area.