By S.E. Slack
Been up on your roof lately? It’s not the easiest thing to do during winter, but if you haven’t had your roof inspected in more than a year, get it done during the next sunny spell. Wind, snow, ice and hail can damage a roof in ways that can’t be seen from the ground. Even sunny, dry climates can produce damage.
If you’re planning to sell your home or just want to make sure your roof is in good condition, it’s a good idea to hire an expert to climb your roof. Many roofing companies will conduct inspections free as a marketing tactic to gain your business in the future. Inspectors will look at the condition of the shingles, check for missing shingles and examine flashing to be sure it’s not bent or broken.
Flashing in poor condition can make the roof susceptible to water damage in the roofing underlayment, soffits and fascia. Once there, wood can rot and water can continue its damaging journey all the way into the walls and ceilings of your home.
Extreme weather can cause disproportionate quantities of asphalt grains or even shingle pieces to fall into your gutters. While some of this is normal, excessive amounts could signal shingles are worn out and need replacement.
Even roofs with lifetime guarantees, such as metal roofs or cement tiles, can be damaged during storms. While these kinds of roofs typically don’t need the periodic costly maintenance that other roofing materials often require, roofs with low-grade metals may also be thinner and less durable than more durable metals. Plus, because almost any metal can rust in certain climates or dent more easily than others during hailstorms or installation, it’s a good idea to regularly inspect them.
Sometimes water damage can be spotted in eaves, soffits, overhangs and porch ceilings when it’s not apparent from the rooftop. Ask for photos of any damage reported and get a second opinion before you agree to any repairs.