With the hard winter we experienced last year, a lot of roofs we are looking at are showing damage as the result of ice dams. Have questions about a roof inspection? Please make sure to have your roof inspected before the snow flies! A lot of homeowners never look closely at their roof until they have a leak or signs of moisture damage. Often the cost of a roof repair or tune up is far less than the cost of damage caused by leaks.
I recommend that you look at your roof at least twice a year. Before and after the winter season, say November and May. You should also take a look after a heavy wind or hail storm.
Many roofs can be reviewed from the ground with binoculars, but some may have hidden valleys or be of such a low pitch, that they cannot be properly viewed from the ground. When the roof has to be walked to review it properly, I suggest a professional roofing or inspection company be consulted.
Remember that the roofing company’s interest, is in selling you a roof, so ensure that you deal with someone reputable.
When inspecting your own roof here are a few things to check for:
- Loose or missing shingles.
- Excessive buckling and curling of shingles –this may signal time for a re-shingle.
- Damaged flashings around plumbing stacks.
- Loose or unsealed flashings at roof to wall.
- Excessive wear at valleys.
- Chimney shell deterioration.
- Flat roofs are a whole other subject and there are certainly other roof materials that are not as commonly used as shingles, but this should help with the majority of roofs.
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