Now that the last snow is hopefully behind us in South-Central Pennsylvania, we can finally look forward to warmer temperatures. This is the time of year where many homeowners start to plan home projects and tasks for spring and summer. Before you start brainstorming, make sure you properly inspect your property first. Winter weather can cause damage that you are unaware of to the exterior of your home including your roof, making a thorough roof inspection necessary before April showers arrive.
While it is best to hire a professional roofing contractor to assure your roof is properly inspected, Bealing Roofing & Exteriors understands that some homeowners prefer to take care of it themselves. Here are 3 steps to a thorough roof inspection:
Review the roof’s exterior
If you decide to check the roof yourself, make sure you take precaution when climbing a ladder. Here are some signs of roof damage to be aware of:
- Damaged shingles
- Missing shingles
- Rusty chimney flashing
- Missing chimney flashing
- Soft spots
- Rot or mold
- Black streaks on your shingles
- Shingle granules in your gutters
- Holes in your roof
If you find signs of exterior roof damage, contact a roofing professional immediately to review the damage and provide a plan of action to repair it.
Check the gutters
Gutters are an important component of your roofing system and guide water away from your home, protecting its foundation. During your roof inspection, remove any built up debris that can potentially block water flow. If ignored, the extra weight can cause your gutters to sag and eventually break. Once you have removed the noticeable debris, use a garden hose to rinse the gutters and make sure water is flowing freely through the system.
Gutters should be well-maintained year-round to assure they are always properly working. If you notice excessive rust, sagging, or missing hangers, call a roofing company that also specializes in gutter installation and repair.
Check your attic
Too often this is the step that is overlooked by homeowners in DIY roof inspections. A complete roofing system includes the exterior and the interior. The best way to check the inside is by taking a look at your attic. You will want to look for signs of moisture, mildew, cracked roof sheathing, or light coming through small cracks.
A spring roof inspection is a crucial component to your home’s yearly maintenance. The good news is that the best roofing companies offer roof inspections free of charge to homeowners. Schedule yours today by contacting Bealing Roofing & Exteriors.