The winter takes a toll on more than just our spirits — it can wreak havoc to certain parts of the home. This fact is particularly the case for the roof, as it receives the weight and the brunt of inclement weather conditions, such as snow, rain, wind, and hail. That’s why come springtime, it’s essential that you inspect your roofing for roof maintenance and repair. This should typically be performed twice a year, at the turn of each significant season change.
At its most basic, a roofing inspection is a preventative roof maintenance job that ensures that your roof isn’t in need of roof services. Whether you’re up for climbing a ladder or aren’t the biggest fan of heights, there are various methods of checking your roof for potential damage. Check out the following tips.
Take a Walk
Damaged shingled roofs will typically have missing shingles. Walk the perimeter of your home and see if you can spot any laying on the ground. If so, you may be in need of roof repair.
Take to the Attic
Attics can be a strong indicator of many problems in the home. For example, poor attic ventilation can increase the cost of your utility bills dramatically. But when it comes to your roof, your attic ceiling can indicate whether or not you have leaks; simply look for large water stains, stale water or mildew odor, sagging ceiling, or discoloration. These leaks can also affect your utility bills. In fact, a family usually spends a third of its cooling budget on air lost to leaks and cracks in the home.
Clean and Check the Gutters
Ensure that the gutters are cleaned of all dead leaves and debris that may have fallen into them during the winter time. Many roofing companies even have gutter cleaning maintenance programs that will come and clean your gutters regularly.
Call in the Professionals
When all else fails, don’t be afraid to call upon the help of roof repair professionals. Homeowners typically spend one to four percent of a home’s value on repairs annually, and for good reason. Without a sound structure in the foundation and roof of a home, your home is vulnerable to a great deal of damage and destruction.