If you’re like most people, you glance up at the roofline only occasionally as you drive up the driveway.
By inspecting your roof regularly and making small fixes as needed you can prevent costly repairs in the future. In addition, keeping your roof in good condition will also be a big plus if you decide to sell your home.
What to look for
The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends you do a roof inspection at least two times a year – Spring and Fall. The best place to begin is inside your home, so grab a flashlight and make a trip to the attic.
- Places where the roof deck is sagging
- Signs of water damage or leaking
- Dark spots and trails
- Outside light showing through the roof.
When you take a look at the exterior of the roof, pay attention to such things as damaged flashing, missing shingles, curling, blistering, buckling, rotting and algae growth (not very common in our Alberta climate).
Renoteck Home Solutions offers these tips on what to check on the outside:
- Visually inspect your roof for cracked, torn, bald or missing shingles.
- Scan the roof for loose material or wear around chimneys, vents, pipes or other penetrations.
- Watch out for an excessive amount of shingle granules (they look like large grains of sand) in the gutters — this is a sign of advanced wear.
- Check for signs of moisture, rot or mold. Note that wet spots may not be directly under your faulty shingle; water can travel down to its lowest spot before it drips. Mold, fungi and bacteria can grow quickly — within 24 to 48 hours of a water-related problem.
- Examine the drainage, making sure gutters and downspouts are securely attached. Ensure all drains are open and allow water to exit, and that all gutters and downspouts are free of debris.
- Check that all bath, kitchen and dryer vents go entirely outside of your home, not just into the attic space.
If You Need to Replace Your Roof
If you do decide to go ahead and replace the whole roof, keep weather and issues specific to your locality in mind when choosing materials.
For example, wood and asphalt shingles aren’t especially fire resistant. This could be a problem if you live nearof dry brush and trees. Slate, tile and metal are more expensive materials, but they are a worthwhile investment because of the extra protection they offer against fire. Remember that these are very heavy materials. Some house framing just isn’t strong enough to support the extra weight of this sort of roofing.
If snow loads are an issue where you live, you might want to consider a durable and lightweight standing-seam metal roof. These can typically cast off the snow before it becomes a problem.
Do the Work Before the Damage is Done
Don’t wait until water is unexpectedly pouring into your home by way of a leaky roof. Start protecting your home by using some simple observation skills. If you find problems, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need to replace your roof. Many repairs can be made before a major rebuild is necessary.
If you do need a new roof, be aware that this isn’t an average “do it yourself” type of project. It’s tough, dangerous work, especially if you’re removing the old roof existing roof.
It’s all looking up
Most people list “Having a roof over my head” as one of life’s essentials — and there’s a reason for that. It’s not just a matter of practicality or aesthetics (though both of those play a part). Your roof is what keeps you and your family safe from the sun and snow, lightning and rain.
So cozy up with the knowledge that once your roof is in tip-top shape, it will stay that way for years to come.
Contact Renoteck Home Solutions for a free consult on your roof today.