Many homeowners do not put too much thought into their roofs. But when leaks develop, roof repairs and the costs involved shed light on how important it is for homeowners to pay closer attention to the roofs over their heads.
Though certain roof issues, like lost shingles due to weather, are unforeseeable, many problems can be avoided with routine roof inspections.
Checking roof conditions twice a year can help homeowners avoid potentially costly repair work or even more expensive roof replacement.
Spring is a good time to inspect roofs. Bad weather, ice and cold winds can do significant damage, making spring the perfect time to find out if you had any roof damage over the winter and address any issues.
Start the roof inspection in the interior of the home, pinpointing potential problems that may indicate roof damage. Check for stains on the ceiling which may indicate leaks that need to be addressed. Homeowners with attics should enter their attics and look for signs of water damage, making note of any damp or wet insulation. This will let you know if water has been entering the attic all winter. Pay attention to the location of any wet spots or stains so you can match them up to the exterior of the roof later on. Musty smells also may be indicative of moisture problems, even if there are no visible leaks.
Inspect the roof outside. Grab a set of binoculars and inspect the exterior of the roof. Look at the roof flashing, including around the chimney and other areas of protruding pipes and vents. If the flashing is warped or damaged, moisture might be settling underneath. Sealant around dormers or skylights can also degrade, resulting in leaks. Check for spalling on masonry, such as the mortar of chimneys. Porous areas will allow water to infiltrate.
Have a professional roof inspection performed. If you are unsure if your roof has made it through the winter unscathed and would like a second opinion or if you find there is considerable damage, contact a roofing contractor. This person will offer a professional assessment of what can be repaired or if the roof should be replaced. If your roof is metal or features clay tiles, you may not have the expertise to make repairs yourself and will need to hire a professional.
For a roof inspection, contact SB Roofing.