We’ve all had those winters that seem to stretch far beyond its welcome, during which your roof normally doesn’t get the proper attention it requires to maintain its quality. But how do you evaluate your roof? Long winters and harsh weather can be a detriment to your roof and shingles as it has to tolerate a range of different elements being thrown its way. Upon the arrival of warmer temperatures and sunny skies, your roofing system may require some proper care or repair if necessary. The first step can simply be to inspect the roof as a whole to ensure everything is functioning as it should. Once any ice has melted and it’s safe to get up on your roof is the time to do this. If you’re not proficient in inspecting or finding warning signs of damage or future harm, then a professional roofing company may be a good option to hire as they will be experienced to find those weak points of your roof that need to be fixed or replaced.
With proper care and regular maintenance your roof will improve it’s longevity and will be stronger in terms of its performance. Here are a few points to consider when receiving an inspection or taking a look at it on your own.
Gutters and Downspouts
Proper function of your gutters are very important as they help keep excess and unwanted water off the roof. See a previous post eavestrough maintenance to read more about how to improve performance.
Check to see if there are any shingles that need to be replaced. You can tell this by possible curls in the shingles, or if some are loose and may fall off. Also there can be some that are completely damaged and aren’t doing any good to your roof. These will need to be replaced immediately. Sometimes nails will begin to loosen and come out due to wear and tear, you can simply hammer them back down to ensure they are secure. If your shingles are just looking worn out in appearance, depending on how old it is and its current condition it may be time to install a new roof all together.
Look around if you have any skylights, windows or chimneys, there will be caulking around these areas to ensure no water seeps through. If there are signs of damage, cracking or wear-age, you will need to re-caulk these areas to prevent further water damage.
Soffit and Fascia
The metal or wooden panels that run underneath your roof between the walls and roof line are strong components of a healthy roof but sometimes can receive punishment from weather and old age. Look if you can notice any soft areas or holes within the soffit system. The required outcome of repairs will be determined by how old it is and the extent of any damages that have occurred. In some cases the whole system may need to be replaced. Though hopefully it is not the case as this can be a very expensive service. See to it that you hire a very good inspector that will always revert to replacement just to make an extra buck. Quality roofing inspectors will only use replacement as a last resort and do their best to repair the damage to help things last longer.
Water and Ice
If you don’t receive roof top snow removal or ice removal over the winter, chances are there could be some leakage within your home, although let’s hope that is never the case. Sometimes the melting process over the spring can cause ice damns and can result in water damage to the roof and the interior as well. If you notice a leaky roof at any time, it is best to tend to it as soon as possible to prevent further damage. If it is not repaired on time, it can lead to the roofs underlaying system to rot and develop mold, while also destroying the insulation. If left untreated, the cost of repair will be exponentially higher than if you see to it upon the initial assessment. The roofing contractor you receive an inspection from will provide adequate information as to the materials required and the methods that must be executed to find a solution.
Ensuring you are on top of your regular inspections will help maintain your homes value and keep things up to date. Forgetting to do so can lead to a number of problems that could’ve been dealt with earlier and will cost more money in the long run. Address issues upon recognition either yourself or through a professional and you will find that your home is kept in order and properly maintained.
Visit this preventative home maintenance guideline to learn more about some other areas to address possible problems and develop preventative strategies for you home.