It’s Spring, Inspect Your Roof

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Although the calendar says it’s spring, we have had an extended period of cold this year, along with a lot of wind!  Many homes we have observed are showing a lot of wear and tear.

This is a good 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.  Either way, a qualified roofer will be needed if you do have significant wear.

What to look for in a roof inspection 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 in a roof inspection inside:

  • 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.

Other things to look for include moss, and damage from ice dams.

Give us a call at 585-303-3478 if you would like to schedule a roof inspection.