Getting your roof ready for Winter

Things to look for when inspecting your roof

When doing an inspection of your roof you need to pay attention to particulars, not just a casual assessment. With that being said, let’s get started.

Take a stroll around the perimeter of your house to inspect the roof from the ground level, using binoculars for a close-up view. See if any indications of damage appear, such as sagging and worn-out sections. Depending on your roofing material, you will check for different signs of aging and wear.

Shingles or wood shakes. Check for indicators of warping, curling, or splitting. A good rule of thumb is if you discover about one-third of your singles or shakes are damaged, you need to replace the roof.

Asphalt roofs. Check if the granular material has worn down, and if there are bald spots. Look for ruptures, buckling, or curling, signs they need replacing.

Metal roofs. An expected life span of 50 years doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be inspected. Educate yourself on the wear signs of aluminum, galvanized iron, or copper to name a few. Critical to note are detached or unfastened seams and joints, likely to cause leaks.

Clay tile, slate, and cement shingles. Expected to last as long as the house remains in existence, they still need proper upkeep. They are brittle, so inspect for breakage, chips, and absent pieces. Also look for signs of ice damage.

Flashings. Metal pieces or strips overlaying uneven areas on the roof’s surface, they prevent moisture from entering gaps or crevices. You will find flashing around dormers, vent pipes, and chimneys. If flashing is damaged, melting snow can penetrate the interior of your house, creating conditions for rot, and potential damage to interior walls. Look for signs of sealant damage such as cracking and shrinkage. These signs indicate potential exposure to water damage of your roof and attic.



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