What to Check on Your Roof After the Winter Season
According to Accent Roofing, your roof is the barrier between your family and the elements, and it takes the full brunt of what Mother Nature has to offer. Every season presents challenges to your roof, but winter is one of the toughest because of ice dams, melting and refreezing ice, and lingering snow.
Once winter is over, it’s a good idea to inspect your roof to look for leaks and other problems. Finding little issues now — and fixing them — goes a long way to saving you money on expensive repairs in the future.
In this article, we’re going to look at things to look for when you conduct a roof inspection once winter ends.
Look For Damage Inside
Even though it’s probably still cold out, you can check for damage to your roof without leaving the comfort of your warm home. Go throughout the house and check the ceilings for any discoloration that indicates a leak. Next, check the attic and look for water damage there too. Another thing to test while you’re up in the attic is to turn out all the lights and see if you can spot any daylight shining through that indicates you have a crack or hole.
While there’s quite a lot you can look for on the inside, to do a thorough roof inspection, you’re going to have to put on that coat and head out. Get up on a ladder and check out your gutters and eaves first. Make sure no damage happened because of ice.
Next, be sure to check out any areas that have been patched or sealed in the past to make sure they’re still secure. Sudden temperature changes wreak havoc on seals and cement, so it’s always wise to make sure they’re holding tight.
Also, take a close look at your shingles and watch for any that are bowed or raised. Shingles like this may need repair, or you may be able to re-seal them yourself.
Once you’ve conducted a close inspection, make a note of anything that looks off so that you can tackle it once spring arrives. If you do this after each winter, you’ll catch those small problems that can be fixed now before they become expensive nightmares later.
Prepare for Next Winter
To ensure that your roof comes through rough winters unscathed, it’s a good idea to do some preparation in the fall.
You should make sure your ventilation is working at full capacity and check the seals around the vents to make sure they’re solid. Doing this helps to reduce the water pooling on your roof that leads to water leaks.
Also, check to make sure your vents and chimneys are solid because these tend to crack, which can lead to big problems down the road.
Lastly, keep track of your roof’s age; depending on the materials used in construction, you may have to think about replacement every 15-20 years.