Now that Spring has arrived, you should get your roof inspected. This is mainly to ensure your roof made it through winter unscathed. Moisture in the form of rain and snow can do a lot of damage to a roof, especially when it comes to the freeze-thaw cycle that occurs when moisture seeps into cracks and crevices, freezes, and then expands. A spring roof inspection can catch any potential problems before more damage happens.
The first step is to hire a reputable roofing contractor to conduct the inspection. A experienced roofer can safety do an “on roof” assessment, and knows what to look for to identify damage or potential danger spots.
Common Signs of Damage
Here’s what a roofing pro will look for:
- Buckled, blistered or curled shingles, which could indicate your roof is nearing the end of its life span. Roof replacement may be imminent.
- Excessive granule loss. Ceramic granules in the asphalt are designed to guard against UV damage. However, snow, ice, and bitter cold can loosen these granules and thus leave the shingle vulnerable to even more damage now that the warmer months are here.
- Loose roofing material around chimneys, vents and skylights. Be on the lookout for loose flashing or deteriorated rubber seals. If left unchecked, leaks can occur on those vulnerable areas.
The spring is a time of rebirth. The weather is warmer and the promise of summer is not too far off. However, it also brings with it a lot of melting snow. As that snow and ice melts away from your roof and drains away through your rain gutters, the moisture left behind continues to drip away. This can continue to leak through your roof and damage the underlayment and insulation material.
Also, as moisture dries, it causes more cracks and gaps to form, especially when your roofing system is on the older side. These factors all point to serious damage over the winter, but sadly, you may not even know till springtime when it rains and leaks make themselves evident.
That’s why spring is such a vital time to schedule a roof inspection. A trained roofer can spot potential damage and possible issues in their infancy so you can fix them immediately and avoid a larger repair bill later.
What to Expect
When you schedule a roofing inspection, a roofer will conduct a thorough survey of your roof – not just of the outside but the inside as well. The interior search will reveal the most damage. As they go through your attic and check the underlayment and foundation along with the roof’s supportive structure and insulation, they can better assess leaks and identify the cause.
When looking at the exterior, they will check for missing or damaged tiles or shingles, granules in the rain gutters, cracks or chips in tiles, and evidence of wind damage. After the inspection is completed, your roof inspector will go over the findings with you, explaining the existing damage, what will need repairing soon, and how long you can expect the roofing system to last the way it is.
Contact Hi-Tech Windows & Siding
To schedule your roof inspection, contact us now at 800-851-0900 or fill out our online form. It’s just about spring: what are you waiting for? We are standing by ready to help.