Chances are if you are involved in the tiny house movement, your home is fairly new. This does not mean, however, that you should ignore your pretty new roof. Quite the contrary, as a proud new homeowner, it is your job to check on the health of your roof, preferably monthly. Relax. It only takes a few minutes of your time.
1. Look Up: One of the easiest ways to check on your asphalt shingles is to look up at the leading edge, along your roofline. The edges should be flat. If they appear to be curling up or if the corners have broken off, it is a sign that your shingles were either installed improperly or have reached the end of their useful lifetime.
2. Take a Walk: While you may not have far to walk, taking a quick stroll around your tiny home is important. Mother Nature is not often kind to asphalt shingles. Everything from rain, snow, and ice to salt spray, UV rays, and heavy snow loads can take a toll on your roof. Plus, if you have a tiny home on wheels, you have the wind factor during drive time to consider as well. The International Building Code requires shingles stay put in up to 140 mph winds. If yours are missing or loose, you may have a problem that needs attention.
3. Grab a Ladder: Climb onto your roof, if you can, or at the very least, get eye level with it. Once again, you are looking for loose or damaged shingles. If you can walk on your roof, it should feel solid underfoot. A roof that could be described as soft, squishy, or bouncy is a warning sign that the wood underlayment has water damage. Talk to a professional as soon as you can.
4. Check Indoors: While most tiny homes don't have an attic space to inspect, they do have lofts. Check the corners and around any windows or skylights for dampness, which could indicate a leak. This is a situation that needs to be addresses immediately. In fact, the Environmental Protection Agency states that if leaks and standing water are not resolved in 48 hours or less, it could lead to the development of mold.
While moving to a tiny home often means downsizing your life, your bills, and your responsibilities in order to live a better quality a life, checking on the health of your tiny home's roof is still a requirement. Luckily, it is a pretty easy job. If you do need roofing services, make sure to not procrastinate.