We are nearing the end of winter and warm temperatures are on the rise. It’s now time to inspect your roof again. You’ll want to get ahead of the warm weather by taking notes and handling repairs so you won’t have to worry about these things later.
Here’s what we recommend doing to ensure your roof is ship-shape for the coming season.
These are home inspection recommendations. Please be sure to always use appropriate safety precautions if you are going to get on your roof. If this is not something you are comfortable with, then please stay safe and ask a roofing professional to do a comprehensive inspection. Keep in mind that there are often signs of roofing damage that only a trained professional can spot, so in addition to these periodic homeowner inspections, it is wise to have your roof inspected by a professional at least once per year.
Make a Visual Inspection:
Without getting on top of your roof you can take a walk around the outside of your home to look for any winter damage. Here are some things to look for:
- Any loose, Damaged, or Missing Shingles or Tiles.
- Nails or Fasteners Backing Out
- Damaged Flashing Around Chimneys.
- Rotten Wood Around Chimney.
- Rotten Fascia Boards (near roof edge)
- Branches or Debris on the Roof.
- Clogged or Damaged Gutters. (You would be amazed at the problems this can cause.)
You should also be sure to inspect the ground and gutters around your home. This is where you’ll spot the granules that mean asphalt shingles are wearing. Unusual debris around the perimeter of your home could be a sign that your roof needs attention.
Visit Your Attic Space:
If you are able to access your attic, then you will want to look for any water stains or other signs of roof damage. Make sure you aren’t able to see any daylight from inside. You should also check the insulation for signs of dampness, mildew, or mold. A roofer will need to seal any cracks or holes you find. You might also want to use this time to consider having a roofer install a radiant barrier in your attic to help keep the summer heat from transferring to your lower levels.
Inspect Skylights & Chimney Flashing:
If your home has a skylight or chimney then you will want to take a look from the inside and outside for any signs of leakage or wear and tear. If your skylight is old or was pre-existing when you bought your home, then you might consider have it replaced. Old skylights have a tendency to leak, and they don’t provide the protection you need from overheating and UV rays. Adding a solar film to an older skylight can help, but sometimes, it may be better to replace or eliminate the skylight altogether.
This is also a good time to look around your chimney to see if there is any sign of water damage. Often, the seal or flashing around the chimney may wear down over time, so pay special attention to the edges.
Call a Roofing Professional
It’s always a good idea to have your roof inspected regularly by a roofing professional at BP Builders. After you’ve completed your walk-around and noted any problem areas, call BP Builders for a formal inspection. We can fix any small issues while advising you on your options for larger projects such as roof replacement.
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