Springtime Is Roof Inspection Time

Its spring time. Time to see what havoc winter left behind, and what repairs will be needed to keep your home safe and secure as we move into summer.

Winter can be tough on everything. Piles of snow followed by the warmth of the days and the freezing cold of the nights can lead damage in a variety of ways. Add in falling tree branches knocking tiles loose, enterprising wildlife looking for a new home, and even drainage problems causing gutters to back up and onto your roof can take its toll on your home.springtime is roof inspection time 300x201 Springtime Is Roof Inspection Time

A spring roof inspection can help you find where potential problems lie, and what may need a little repair before the winds and rains set in with the summer heat. But how deep should you go?

For many homeowners, the thought of a roof inspection may simply be to glance up to the roof every now and then. If it looks fine, it must be fine. Yet you might not notice a problem because its not visible without a little investigative work. The first time you may notice it is when water begins dripping from your ceiling, and by then, its far too late. Damage will have taken its toll and be a much larger problem than you anticipated.

In order to assess what shape your roof is in, you’ll need to have a regular check up from a professional roofing contractor. They will have the proper tools and know-how to understand where potential problems lie. They look for:

  • Shingles that have been broken or damaged. This is the first sign of a problem. A damaged shingle can mean they are reaching the end of their life and are disintegrating. It can indicate a problem area that was damaged by things like wind or ice damming.
  • Shingles that are buckling, curling or blistering. When the ends of shingles begin to curl, have a small lift, or look like they are raised up from the other shingles, it can be a sign that water has infiltrated underneath it.
  • Shingles that are loose or missing. Sometimes a shingle may shift on the roof, creating a spot that looks out of place. In some cases you may find a shingle or two in your yard. You may also find shingles falling apart – granules spread all over the roof or collecting in the rain gutters is the first sign of a problem.
  • Problems around vents, chimneys and other joints around your roof. These areas often take the most abuse, and therefore will show the most damage.

In some cases these issues may be easy to see. And in some cases, they will take a trained eye. Yet the more damage you have, the quicker you should take the time and find a solution. It’s the best way to stop potential damage in its tracks.