So how did your roof fare during the cold, icy, snowy winter? To find out, get in touch with the Roofing Annex to schedule your biannual roof inspection. Spring is the perfect time to check for any winter damage and address any problems before they cause expensive damage to your home.
How We Conduct a Roofing System Inspection
Our seasonal roof assessment consists of two phases, both done on the day of our visit. First, our certified roof inspectors do a walk around from the ground, looking for cracks in the masonry or concrete panels which could indicate a roof leak. In addition, we check for signs of wear, such as shingle granules in the downspouts or on the ground. We also inspect eaves, ridges and other parts of the roof that are best viewed from the ground.
Next, we go up on your roof and do a walk around for a closer look at the condition of your shingles and your roof structure. If the situation calls for it, we may also check the underside of the roof from your attic and interior ceilings and walls.
During our evaluation, we document areas of concern and may even take photos so you can get a look at what we’re seeing. Based on the results of your inspection, we’ll recommend whether further action is necessary, such as roof repair, reroofing, or roof recover. Depending on the size of your home, you can expect the roof examination to take between 45 minutes to 90 minutes.
Roof Damage We Look For
The winter season is probably the roughest on a roof what with harsh weather conditions like hail, blizzard force winds and heavy snow that melts and refreezes to ice. It makes the potential for storm damage that much greater. A spring inspection reveals common winter roof damage. Some of the things we look for are:
- Damaged shingles, with telltale signs that include cracked, buckled, blistering, or curled shingles.
- Broken or missing tiles.
- Loose seams, including edges and corners.
- Granule loss and its extent.
- Loose or missing roofing materials, such as flashing or seals around vents, chimneys, skylights, drains, etc., or between valleys.
- Areas where water is pooling.
- Dented storm collars.
- Damage to gutters.
- Interior water stains or bubbling of wallpaper or paint.
Benefits of a Home Roof Inspection
We all have a spring cleaning to-do list and a call to the Roofing Annex for a spring inspection should definitely be on the top of the list. Preventative roof maintenance is very important because it can identify problems early on and save you big time in preventing further damage. For instance, by identifying and fixing missing shingles or damaged flashing early on prevents water from leaking into your home and creating a very extensive and costly problem to fix.
There are other roofing repairs, such as cleaning debris off the surface of the roof, replacing damaged flashing, removing worn out parts, recaulking cracked or damaged caulking and sealants, or replacing rusted or damaged hardware, that will save you from needing a new roof earlier than its expected lifespan.
Your roof is the first line of defense for your home yet it is one of the most overlooked parts of the house until it’s too late. Getting a free inspection with a consultation where the technician shares photos of issues is a great place to start!
Roofing Annex provides Winter Prep Services in the greater Cincinnati Area in towns like Dayton, Delhi, Hamilton, Harrison, Indian Hill, Liberty Township, Madeira, Mason, Maineville, Middletown, Montgomery, and West Chester.