Time for a roof inspection

November 26, 2013
 Last chance for roof inspection

Ask any roofing expert and they will tell you that you need to inspect your roof at least once (preferably twice) a year. And the best time to do it is in the months leading up winter. With winter almost upon us, time is running out for that much needed roof inspection. Here are a few things you should know about getting your roof ready for winter.

Why now?

As you well know, the winter is the most trying time for your roof. The elements will be at their worst. Any problems with your roof that may have escaped notice thus far will come to light when the winter weather hits. The problem with waiting until then to fix the roof is that much more costly damage will have already been done and it is more difficult to make the needed repairs. But if problems can be uncovered and fixed before they’re severe, your roof will be in top shape for getting through this winter and the year to come.

Roof inspection tips

GAF, a roofing materials manufacturer shared these helpful tips for getting your roof ready for winter:

1.       Check the overall roof structure. If your roof is sagging or uneven, your roof may be structurally compromised. If that’s the case, looking for broken or curling shingles will be the worst of your worries. If your roof is structurally damaged, you’ll want to address that issue first

2.       Ensure that your gutter system is in top shape.  Often the reason behind very serious roof damage is a damaged or clogged rain gutter. When your roof’s gutter system isn’t working properly, the rain has nowhere to go and ends up causing rot and leaks. Make sure there is no debris clogging your rain gutters or downspouts and that your rain gutter is securely fastened around your entire roof

3.       Check your roof’s valleys. Valleys are where two slopes in your roof meet. It’s an area where debris tends to accumulate and roof leaks are most common. By keeping it clear you minimize the risk of serious roofing issues

4.       Inspect your flashing. Flashing is the metal layer that is placed to protect weak spots in your roof such as the point where your roof meets the wall or the areas surrounding chimneys, vents, and skylights. Flashing can come lose during strong winds so make sure its secure

5.       Finally, check for missing, damaged, or curling shingles. Look closely to see if your shingles are missing a lot of the granules

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