With Spring just around the corner, it is important to take time to make sure your house is prepared for the Spring showers. To ensure you get the most life out of your roof, just like with your physical and mental health, it needs to have regular "check-ups" and maintenance. Winter can be very damaging to a roofing system. Things like poor ventilation, ice dams, missing shingles,, and faulty flashings or vents can cause unwanted damage to your home. Once the snow melts, and you can visually see your roof and inspect your attic from the inside, look out for some issues below.
On the exterior of your home, be sure to check for:
Wavy or Missing Shingles
Shingles can sometimes go missing during heavy rain, wind, or hail storms or as the result of falling trees or blowing debris.
When the temperature changes, expansion, and contraction can cause the nails to pop up, become exposed and lift the shingles.
Cracked or Missing Caulking
If caulking is cracked or missing, the roof is especially susceptible to water getting in and causing damage.
Even with galvanized coatings, roof flashing materials will corrode over time.
Roof Granules in the Gutters
This is a sign that your shingles are deteriorating, your roof now runs the risk of water intrusion or damage to the underlayment.
This will typically be caused by one of the following issues. Debris clogging the gutter and/or downspout flow, your gutters aren’t positioned correctly, or your gutters aren’t big enough to handle the rainfall/melting snow.
Rotting Fascia Board
One rule of thumb, when checking your Fascia, is to poke it with a screwdriver. If it's solid, it is still good. However, if your screwdriver goes into the wood itself, then that wood is getting soft.
Loose Drip Edge or Gutter Apron
The problem with checking your roofing edge and gutters is that you normally can’t see it from the ground level. That’s because the face of the gutter blocks your view from the inside of the gutter. The good news is that there are a few signs to keep an eye out for from the ground: water dripping behind the gutter, fascia board rot, or ceiling leaks.
Cracked Rubber Around Pipe Boots
Rubber pipe boots can crack and turn brittle as a result of degradation from the UV Rays, and the rubber can shrink, leaving a gap between the pipe and the boot.
On the interior of your home, be sure to check for:
Moisture or "wet spots" on the wood in the attic.
Kitchen and bathroom exhaust fans with proper ventilation.
Any wet spots that may form on the inside of your home con ceilings or walls.
Make sure to always be safe while inspecting the exterior of your house, always observing from the ground. If you suspect an issue, always call a professional roofing contractor to diagnose the problem. Keeping up with the maintenance of your roof, catching issues early, and fixing repairs as soon as possible can save your roof and the interior of your home. EAS Roofing is always here to help you with Roof Inspections, Roof Repairs, and Roof Replacement!
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