Your roof takes care of you. Return the favor with yearly inspections! As an essential part of your home, it should be in the best possible condition to keep you safe. An inspection is one of those preventative maintenance jobs that is easy to overlook. Make sure to do this before the snow falls!
There are many elements that can lead to excessive damage to your roof, such as high winds, animal damage and ice dams. Proactive maintenance is the best way to protect you and your family.
During the outside visual inspection, check for these:
- Cracked caulk or rust spots on flashing.
- Shingles that are buckling, curling, or blistering.
- Missing or broken shingles.
- Cracked and worn rubber boots around vent pipes.
- Missing or damaged chimney cap. (Although not part of your roof, you should look anyway.)
- Masses of moss, which could signal the roof is decaying underneath. Black algae stains are just cosmetic.
Your attic should also be examined for signs of trouble. Look for water stains, wet plywood under the shingles, wet insulation, light coming through around vents and pipes that protrude through the roof. If you do not feel comfortable or confident, there are a number of professionals to do this for you.
Check out this website for more information on maintaining and replacing your roof to keep you warm and dry this winter!