Once again spring is here! The temps are rising, the snow has melted, and the grass is starting to turn green. Along with spring comes yard work, tune-ups of lawn mowers, and maintenance on your home’s exterior. Just as you rake your yard and plant grass every spring, be sure to perform a visual inspection of your home’s exterior, especially the roof.
Start by looking up at your roof and walking around your house. Are you missing any shingles? Are the shingles all lying flat, or are they curling up? After you have visually inspected the roof, look down around the edges of your home and by your gutter downspouts. Is there an excessive amount of shingle granules (the little rocks) piled up anywhere? Are there any chunks or pieces of shingles lying in the grass? After that is done go in your home and inspect your ceilings, as water spots may be caused from a roof leak.
If you see any of these signs mentioned above it should raise a red flag that your roof needs attention. Even if you don’t see any signs of aging it is still recommended that you have your roof inspected by a certified roofing contractor every four to six years. Just like a car, your home and roof require regular maintenance.
Common roof issues and what causes them.
Curling shingles are often the result of a shingle defect or age. If your shingles are curling the best course of action is to have a certified roofing contractor out to inspect your roof. It may be repairable, but in most cases you will need to have a replacement roof installed.
Missing shingles can be a result of improper installation and extreme winds, as well as age. If any shingles are missing it needs to be addressed immediately. Often times a repair can be made with new shingles. Keep in mind the colors may not match perfectly due to fading and changes in manufacturing. Going on your roof is dangerous, so it is recommended that your hire a professional roofing contractor to do the repair.
Excess granules or little chucks of shingles can be leftovers from the roof installation or the result of failing shingles. If the shingles are failing the roof may need to be replaced, if they are from the original installation your gutters may need to be cleaned out.
Water spots are often the first sign that your roof is leaking. To prevent further damage it is necessary to determine where your roof is leaking. Common places a roof will leak are the chimney, soil stacks, vents, valleys, and wall lines. Once the source of the leak is determined it can be repaired by a roofing professional.
Inspecting and maintaining your roof each spring is an easy way to keep the rest of your home protected.