Checking Your Roof for Any Possible Issues
Spring is the perfect time to perform a roof checkup to see if you are in need of a roof repair. While it might not be on the top of everyone’s chore list, a checkup to find out the status of your roof might catch an issue that could end up being incredibly damaging and costly in the long run. The warm weather of spring gives you a perfect situation to go up to your roof and check on it before the heat of summer kicks in. It will also give you time to schedule a professional to visit and perform any repairs that are needed.
The warm weather of spring gives you a perfect situation to go up to your roof and checking on it before the extreme heat of summer kicks in. It will also give you ample time to schedule a professional to pay a visit to make any repairs that are needed.
What to Look for During a Roof Repair Inspection
If you are comfortable going up on your roof physically to inspect, it is the recommended way to perform a roof repair checkup. Being up close and personal allows you to take in the little details that might otherwise get overlooked from the ground. That being said, you may not be a fan of going up on your roof or it might be too dangerous if your roof has a considerable slant to it. In these cases, it is then suggested to stand ground level but use a good pair of binoculars to magnify any problems that you can spot from the ground.
Check Your Roof Shingles
Some of the easiest problems to spot are those affecting the shingles of your roof. Shingles make up the outer layer of your roof and are the first line of defense for your house from the elements. There are a couple telltale signs that your shingles either need repair or need to be replaced altogether. To aptly assess the condition of your shingles check to see if:
- Any shingles are cracked
- Any shingles are warped or bending
- Any shingles are missing the granules
- Any shingles that are missing altogether
Cracked or broken shingles have a chance to let in rain and other elements. They do not provide as much protection to your home and can become especially problematic during the typically rainy season of spring.
Shingles that have become warped or bending have to spell similar problems to broken or cracked shingles. Shingles can become bent in a number of ways including having the sealant come loose from underneath, showing that the initial installation was not performed properly, or just having faulty shingles.
The granules that are present on shingles are not only there to provide color and finish to your shingles. Believe it or not, these granules serve to offer UV protection to your roof and help make the shingles themselves fire resistant. Having a considerable amount of shingles missing these granules could mean that your roof is missing this first line of defense from the sun’s rays. These particular shingles can easily be identified if they have smooth, dark surfaces.
Finally, if you have shingles missing altogether from natural causes, it’s no secret that these gaps in your roof are even more prone to damage than even broken or warped shingles. If you see any of these gaps they should be fixed right away to avoid any costly leaks or other water damage inside your home.
Check Your Flashings of Your Roof
Your roof’s flashing is the piece of metal or material which exists at the joints of your roof that meets with other angles of the roof or another structure like a dormer or chimney. It is often identifiable by a characteristic metallic look or a matte black finish on these edges. Flashing serves the purpose of providing a sturdy layer that can handle more elemental abuse than the rest of the roof (because flashing is often found on the roof corners where excess water often runs down during rainstorms).
Because flashing is such an important part of your roof it is crucial to spot potential problems as soon as possible for early intervention. There are different damage signs to look for depending on which kind of flashing you have. If you have the metal type of flashing, look for signs of rusting on the edges of the flashings. Rust can preempt further damage and cause water to leak into your home through the small holes that are produced in the flashing.
If you have the black matte flashing, which is actually made of a plastic compound, you’re going to want to look for any visible holes from the top. Like the rusted metal flashing, holes can spell disaster for an area which gets higher than average water flow running over it during rainstorms.
For either type of flashing, it is also beneficial to do an indoor inspection to try to catch damage that you cannot see from the outside. To perform this, go into the attic of your home on a sunny day. Assuming that your attic doesn’t have a finished ceiling turn the lights off and check the corners of your ceiling for any obvious rays of light. These rays indicate that there are holes going completely through to the outside and is also an indication that you need roof work done.
Check The Soffit and Fascia of Your Roof
To many homeowners, these two terms might not mean a whole lot, but you’ve definitely seen them for as long as you’ve owned your house. The soffit is the downward facing area underneath the gutters. The fascia is the area between the end of your siding and the start of the roof where no gutters are present. See? You do know about your soffit and fascia board!
However, they are also important places that should be inspected during your roof checkup. It also helps to understand the function of each to make sure you don’t misdiagnose and issue if there isn’t one present. For example, the function of the soffit is to act as ventilation to the attic, thus there are often small holes incorporated in it for this ventilation. These are nothing to worry about and in fact act as a necessary part of the function of this section of roof.
The fascia, on the other hand, serves as both an aesthetic and functional finish to the section between the edge of the roof and the siding of your house. As a functional piece, it provides a layer of protection from the elements to the wood board that lies underneath. On a visual note, it adds a complete finish to your home by adding a clear and distinct border between the siding and roof.
For each of these parts of the roof, there are some signs to look for to see if professional repairs are needed. Firstly, each of these sections of the roof is prone to rot. For the fascia board, signs of rot would be the paint stripping away, leaving blackened sections of wood being exposed. As for the soffit, if the board is showing a bubbling texture or shows a similar blackening it could mean that the wood underneath is starting to rot.
Each of these parts of the roof also tends to be softer than the rest of your roof or house meaning it’s a perfect attractor to unwanted visitors who want to become unwanted tenants. We’re talking about birds, squirrels and other pests who would look to make your soffit and fascia board their new home. In particular, you’ll want to look for holes that are large enough for these pests to fit through. Sometimes these aren’t incredibly obvious so it will take a little more intensive inspection to locate.
Another thing to look for is any twigs or grass sticking out of the soffit or fascia. This could be part of a nest that a bird has made inside your roof. Once a pest removal company has removed the pest from the roof, you’ll need a professional to fix any damage that has been done and take precautionary measures to make sure the pests never inhabit the roof again.
A Rolling Stone Gathers No Moss… and Neither Should Your Roof
On certain houses, we’ve heard cases of moss and other vegetation growing on top of the shingles or near the edges of the roof. Let us be clear about these cases: this is a very bad sign.
In order to subside, moss requires moisture and much of it to help this primitive plant grow. Therefore, if moss is growing atop your roof it must mean that it is getting the moisture from somewhere and that somewhere is your roof or the elements underneath. Moss can especially be a bad sign as the increased moisture that the moss uses to grow can also be attributed to rotting of your roof or the boards underneath. This is a very obvious sign that your roof needs work done as soon as possible to try to avoid any disastrous repercussions like full-out roof collapse.
What To Do If Your Roof Shows Signs of Damage
If you spot any of the aforementioned conditions with your roof, you are in need of a roof repair. It is highly recommended to have these repairs done right away as early intervention is the best way to avoid racking up in-home damages as a result of these out-of-house damages. Catching and repairing these roof faults early is also the best way to avoid any substantial costs of repair later on down the road.
If you are in need of a roof repair, call the Long Island roof repair experts, Dormer Doctor. With over 18 years in the industry and a track record of success we can not only repair your roof, we will do it with excellent service and a friendly demeanor that has differentiated us from our competition. We are also experts at locating the source of leaks to make sure the measures we take stop the leak at the source and protects your house from structural damage. You can learn more about Dormer Doctor’s roof repair services here. We invite you to give us a call at (631) 335-4663 or to fill out our contact form for a free estimate on your repair. We look forward to helping you with your repair to fix your roof totally and completely.