Is It Time For A Roof Inspection?
A roof is one of the most important parts of a house, and it is important to keep it in good condition. A roof in Idaho should be inspected at least once a year by the homeowner to ensure that it is in good condition and to catch any problems that a roof may incur before that get too big.
There are a few things homeowners should look for when inspecting a roof.
Damaged or Cracked Shingles
First, check for any missing or damaged shingles. Missing or damaged shingles can allow water to enter the house, which can lead to serious problems. Sometimes heavy winds can lift shingles from the roof. Homeowners can spot these from the ground by looking for irregular patterns in the roof’s shingles. Corners of the asphalt shingles will appear to be sticking up or curled.
Your gutters play an important role in protecting your roof from water damage. Over time, gutters can become clogged with debris, which can cause them to overflow and potentially damage your roof. In colder months, clogged gutters can cause water to back up and freeze damaging the roof. Be sure to clean your gutters regularly to avoid this issue.
It is recommended that homeowners clean their gutters at least once a year. One of the best times to clean out gutters is after the fall to remove leaves that will block the flow of water and create potential freezing in future winter months.
Inspect the flashing, metal pieces that are used to seal around the chimney, vents, and skylights, to make sure there are no gaps or cracks. If any problems are found, they should be fixed as soon as possible to prevent further damage. In most cases, it is best to hire a professional to repair any issues with the flashing and fix any potential leaks in the roof. Over time, flashings can become loose or even damaged, so it’s important to inspect them regularly. If you notice any damage, be sure to have it repaired or replaced immediately. By catching problems early, they can be fixed before they cause serious damage. Hire a professional roofing contractor to repair any damage to the flashing on your roof and prevent leaks and further damage.
The attic is another important area to inspect when checking your roof. Be sure to look for any signs of leaks, water damage, or mold. Look for discoloration and water damage marks when in the attic. If you notice any of these issues, be sure to have them repaired as soon as possible to avoid further damage.
Roof Structure In addition to inspecting the roof itself, it’s also important to inspect the structure that supports it. over time, the supports can become weak or damaged, which can cause the roof to collapse. Inspect the rafters, trusses, and other support regularly and make sure they are in good condition. If you notice any damage, have it repaired or replaced as soon as possible. By following these tips, you can help keep your roof in good condition and prevent any serious problems.
Check for signs of animal damage. Animals, like squirrels and birds, can cause a lot of damage to roofs. If you notice any holes, chew marks, or droppings on your roof, it’s important to have the problem repaired as soon as possible. Often times a small hole can allow animals to enter the attic and grow into a serious problem.
Professional Roof Inspection
After completing a routine roof inspection, if the homeowner sees any of the above signs of roof damage, they should contact a roofing contractor to have the roof on their home professionally repaired. Even if you don’t notice any problems with your roof, it’s a good idea to have a professional roofer inspect your home every few years. They will be able to spot any potential problems and make sure that your roof is in good condition.
Contact E & H Roofing today to schedule a roof inspection for your home.