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Time for a Roof Checkup!

Time for a Roof Checkup!
 

With winter just around the corner, now is the perfect time to inspect your roof to ensure that your home will be protected from the snow and rain that comes with it!   Depending on the age of your roof, environmental factors and building materials, it’s a good idea to complete inspections twice a year, with the best seasons being spring and fall.  While you can carry out a visual examination from ground, it’s always recommended to have a professional perform rooftop inspections.

Ironically, a roof inspection will typically start on the inside your home, as the attic could show indications of a possible leak or other potential issues.  It’s important to pay close attention to the chimney and joints as these are the areas which are most likely to have leaks.

Here are a few key things to look out for in your attic: 

  • Signs of water damage or leaking, which can present as dark spots and/or trails;
  • Light shining in from the outside;
  • Broken, damaged or sagging framing components.

Before you head outside for an inspection of the exterior, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with the components of a roof so that you know exactly what to look for, and can accurately describe any issues you do find.

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Once you’re familiar with the components of a roof, you’ll want to keep an eye out for:

  • Broken, missing, buckling, curling or blistering shingles;
  • Shingle granules in your gutters
  • Moss build-up;
  • Presence of a metal drip edge along the roof’s edge;
  • Rusty, dented or damaged flashings;
  • Cracked or worn rubber around vent pipes.

 

In addition to keeping your family and home safe, bi-annual roof inspections can help protect your financial investment by identifying existing or potential issues before they become costly or unexpected emergencies. 

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