When it comes to home maintenance, the thing that we usually ignore is the roof. Leaking roofs and flooded basements are two of the most common reasons that cause water damage. Roof inspection must be done at least two times in a year, after every severe storm. There are many ways to inspect the roof. Here are a few steps you can take:
Taking a walk around the exterior of your home allows you to spot signs of damage, aging and sagging. For areas that require closer inspection, make sure that you are taking notes as you walk. Such areas may have piles of leaves, algae and moss. They may be responsible for causing water damage and costly leaks.
Keep an eye on buckled and curled shingle roof tiles. It can happen due to hot air escaping from the attic, causing the shingles to curl away from their base. Not only does it put your roof at a greater risk but also your entire home. It exposes your interior to weather damage and poor roof ventilation. The main reason behind extensive roof damage is damaged shingles. Unforgiving weather conditions can inflict a lot of damage in various ways.
It is important to maintain your downspouts and thoroughly clean your gutters and roof overhangs. Take note if there are rotting materials or open joins. These are typical indicators of a bigger and more serious problem that is silently brewing.
Watch closely for granular loss or textured shingles. It is probably an indication that the shingle roofing has aged. It may be that your roof has been severely impacted by bad weather. In this case, your current roof may no longer be protecting your home against unfavorable weather conditions. It is high time you considered a replacement, especially if you find your shingles are not texturized.
It’s time to grab the ladder, go on top of the roof and examine your counter flashing (leave this task to a professional if you are not confident). Safety first! This is a waterproof metal strip that is installed across roofing areas which need additional protection. While inspecting the roof, look out for shrinking, cracked or damaged sealant at the edges of the counter flashing. If you discover that the seal has been compromised, your attic and roof will be vulnerable to moisture damage. In case your home doesn’t have an attic, watch out for water penetration signs under the roof.
Once you are done inspecting the roof, take your time to analyze the findings. Did you come across any potential issue or a major concern? If you answered yes, you should contact a professional immediately. Always remember that it’s your home, and any measure you take regarding its maintenance, is going to increase its value. Fixing minor concerns and problems before they become worse is the key behind hassle-free roof maintenance for your home. At A. Stewart Roofing and Waterproofing, we make it a point to show up on time and carry out roof inspection efficiently and quickly. We can get to the root of the problem and fix it at the earliest.