With Fall approaching, now is an ideal time to schedule a roof inspection of your home. It is important to do this in order to clear off debris and get your roof in ideal shape to protect your home during the cold, harsh winter months.
Below are key areas to consider. You can also download this as a PDF checklist by right-clicking the image below and choosing “Save Link As” to download to your computer.
Blocked gutters are a big source of leaks. Look for gutters that are clogged with leaves, shingle granules, branches and other debris that can block drainage and can cause severe damage to the roof, walls and gutters.
An inspection will uncover any shingle tabs that have come loose or have broken, curled, or warped. Another possibility is a branch could’ve fallen on the roof and caused damage. Simple repairs will help avoid costly water issues.
Neoprene or rubber can crack with age, while critters can cause damage to any vented area on the roof. Resealing will fix these vent problems and help keep animals and water out.
Chimneys have three potential issues: flashing, siding and the cap that can contribute to leaks. An inspection will ensure the area is properly flashed and sealed. Flashing on skylights can easily get water trapped behind them as well.
Often the attic that is the source of the problem rather than the roof. Improper ventilation, plumbing, air conditioning, fans, or animal or bug infestation can cause mold, algae, or moisture condensation in the attic space.