Depending on the condition of your roof heading into the last winter season, it’s likely to have taken a beating. Whether it’s been exposed to plummeting temperatures, piles of snow, or damage from water and ice, it’s time to take a closer look at how your roof survived the winter. For homeowners and business owners taking stock of their property and doing spring cleaning and repairs, it’s important that you don’t forget your roof in the process. Here’s a quick checklist that we recommend our customers use to identify any problems and develop a plan for repairs.
Get a professional on the roof: If you suspect that high winds or ice dams may have caused you to lose shingles, it’s important to contact a roofing company like Knockout Roofing as soon as possible. As a professional roofer, we will be able to get up on your roof and conduct a thorough inspection. By looking closely at the state of your shingles, ridge lines, the area around your chimney, and any trim around the edges, the roofing company can identify the source of the problems and recommend a strategy for repairs. If you have a commercial flat roof, yearly inspections can help you identify tears, problems with seams, and areas where your roof may be wearing thin. Annual roof inspections can help you head off expensive problems before they occur.
Inspect for signs of gutter issues: Gutters play an important role in preserving the long-term health of your roof and foundation. Gutters funnel water, melt and other drainage away from your house. If gutters are clogged with leaves, debris, or even ice, they can cause significant problems. There are three easy ways to check for gutter issues. The first is a visual inspection, in particular making sure that gutters are connected to downspouts. The second option is to observe water flow from your house during a rainstorm and look for anomalies. Finally, you can inspect the area immediately around your home to look for water that’s collecting, erosion, or mulch that’s moved from its original spot. If you have any questions or want a roofing contractor to take a look, give us a call.
Address seasonal problems: If you’ve had problems that occurred as a result of specific structure issues, now’s a great time to have them addressed. Dealing with ice dams in the winter, for example, points to a possible hot roof situation. Warm roofs occur when your attic doesn’t have sufficient insulation and ventilation, and the heat from inside your home increases the temperature of your roofing materials. As a result, it causes melt and drainage that can eventually form ice dams. A lack of proper ventilation and insulation can also cause energy efficiency issues that are important to address with regards to heating and cooling your home throughout the year. If a seasonal issue has arisen, spring is the right time to contact a roofing contractor to discuss the problem.
The upcoming warmer months carry their own demands on your roofing. Take the time now to have the current state of your roof assessed and make any investments needed to ensure that your roof remains in good shape throughout the seasons ahead. Contact Knockout Roofing today to arrange for an onsite evaluation of the condition of your roof today.