With the mild temperatures we have been having here in the Rochester area, many are taking advantage of it by getting started on home maintenance projects.
This is the best time to inspect your roof. Winter can cause damage as moisture seeps into cracks and crevices, freezes, and then expands, making the cracks larger. A spring roof inspection allows you to catch any potential problems early before more damage is done to your property.
You can hire a roofing contractor to do the roof inspection, or you can do it yourself if you feel comfortable enough to do so safely.
What to look for outside:
- Buckled, curled, or blistered shingles. This indicates that your roof is at the end of its life span, and you should consider roof replacement.
- Excess granule loss. Ceramic granules are imbedded in the asphalt to protect the shingle from UV damage. Snow, ice, and harsh cold can cause these granules to come loose, leaving the shingle vulnerable to further damage in the warmer months to come.
- Loose roofing material. Check around chimneys, vents, skylights or any other elements that stick up from the roof for loose flashing or deteriorated rubber seals. Also, check the flashing in the valleys where two roofing panels meet for water tightness. These areas can be resealed using roofing cement.
What to look for inside:
It can also be beneficial to check the underside of your roof from the attic. A leak will show itself by stains on the wood roof decking, wet insulation, or rust where nails have come through the decking.
Give us a call at 585-303-3478 if you would like to schedule a roof inspection or estimate on any of these needs: