Winter is hard on roofs, as the elements can run the gamut from strong winds and freezing rain to ice and heavy snow, all of which can really negatively impact your roof. With spring approaching, now is the time to start thinking about putting together your spring maintenance to-do list, making sure to include a roof inspection.
To ensure your roof remains healthy and sound year-round, make spring roofing maintenance your top priority. This will help you identify any damage brought about by severe winter weather and give you the opportunity to fix small issues before they become big problems. If you’re not quite sure exactly what to look for when performing a roof inspection, just remember the IOU method.
I = Inside
When performing an interior roof inspection, it’s best to go straight to the top. Starting in the attic, keep an eye out for any shafts of light shining through gaps or cracks in the plywood, which could indicate damage to the roof deck. Next, look for areas that appear to be sagging or buckling, as these could be signs of structural damage or a weakening support system. Finally, shine a flashlight around the attic to check for evidence of moisture problems such as dark streaking or staining.
O = Outside
When examining the home’s exterior, start from the ground up. In other words, begin your inspection by walking around the home’s perimeter, taking stock of the various components of your roof and being on the lookout for any signs of damage, such as the following:
- Cracked, curled, or missing shingles. Shingles are your roof’s first line of defense against the sun’s harsh, damaging UV rays. Damaged or missing shingles will expose your roof’s vulnerable underlayment, putting your home at risk for leaks and water damage. Because of this, it’s crucial to restore your roof’s protective layer by replacing these shingles as soon as possible.
- Bent flashing. Flashing are the metal pieces used to prevent leaks around chimneys, skylights, vents, and other roofing penetrations. If the flashing becomes bent or warped as a result of the elements, water can penetrate the resulting gaps and cause roof leaks.
- Dark areas on your roof. Dark patches or spots on your roof are the result of the shingles’ protective granules wearing off. While this usually is the result of time, these granules can also be knocked off by hail or overhanging tree branches rubbing on the shingles.
U = Up on Top
While it may seem like a small thing to climb up and inspect the roof for damage yourself, it should be left to a professional roofing company like Callen Construction. This is because we know the best way to do the job safely, and we’ve also had the necessary training to be able to spot problems that could be missed by inexperienced eyes. If you’re set on inspecting the roof yourself, do it safely from the ground aided by a pair of binoculars.
Along with roofing, Callen Construction also does other home exterior remodeling, basement finishing, and much more. If you want your next project to be completed on-time and on-budget, plus include superior workmanship and customer service, call Callen today at 414-765-2585.