Keeping an eye on your roof

March 31, 2015
 Assess winter damage now

Roofing experts recommend inspecting your roof twice a year. One of those times should be just before winter to make sure your roof is ready for harsh winter weather. The other time is just after winter has passed to asses any damage that might have occurred. This latter inspection is often overlooked. Because winter is the most likely time for your roof to become damaged, it’s crucial that you find and fix any damage as soon as possible before it gets worse. When the spring rains come, any pre-existing roofing problems are going to get a lot worse. Here are some tips for where to look and what to look for when conducting a roof inspection.

On the roof

Obvious signs of roof damage can usually be seen from the ground, especially if you’re using a good pair of binoculars. Some parts of your roof may be visible from a second story if you have one. You should be able to see if there are any missing, cracked, or curling shingles without getting up on your roof. If your shingles are showing obvious signs of wear, it may be time to replace your roof. At the very least, a professional roofer will need to come out and replace the affected shingles. Some signs of roof damage are less noticeable to the untrained eye. For best results, have a roofer conduct a thorough inspection to look for less obvious signs of damage such as problems with your flashing.

In the rain gutters

The rain gutters are another important place to look. When your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan it will begin to shed the granules that help protect your roof from the elements. If you’re seeing a lot of little granules accumulating in your rain gutters and downspouts, you may soon need to replace your roof. While inspecting your rain gutters, make sure they are free of debris and clearly attached to your home so they can do their job properly. If they have been pulled loose due to being weighed down with ice during the winter, they cannot function properly.

Inside the home

Finally, you can check for damage to your roof from the inside. First head into the attic. Take a flashlight if you need to and look for signs of water staining. If your roof is compromised and water is getting in, it will manifest itself in your attic first. You can also look through the rest of the rooms in your home looking for signs of water damage. If your ceilings or walls are stained or bulging, you’ve got a serious problem that needs immediate attention. Don’t hesitate to call a roofer.

By keeping an eye out for signs of roofing damage, especially after the winter, you can prevent a whole host of problems down the road.

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