It goes without saying that the roof of your home is critical to your comfort. After all, it covers your most expensive asset – your house. But, having a roof over your head (literally) depends on how important you take roof maintenance. Here, we are going to take a look at how you can check for some of the most common issues with roofs and what you can do about them.
Nothing can be more annoying than the dripping of a leaking roof. When you start to track down a roof leak, assuming the leaking began when you weren’t at home, you need to start uphill from the damp stains are located. The penetration through the roof that results in leaking often includes roof vents, dormers, chimneys, or plumbing. But, it can also be just about anything else which projects through your home’s roof. The culprit is usually located a few or several feet above the leak or to either side of the leak. The best way to track a leaking roof is by simply go up to the attic and search for water stains or black stains and even mold around piping and other areas.
Blisters and Cracks on the Shingles
The summer heat can be unkind to your home’s roof. While the shingles are usually laid flat, over time, the exposure to extreme weather can result in cracks or blisters forming in the asphalt shingles. While some might think of this has just a cosmetic problem, not taking these cracks and blisters seriously could result in larger, more serious issues further on down the road. If you don’t mind getting up a ladder, you should inspect the roof of your home for cracks and blisters at least twice a year or after experiencing extreme heat or cold weather.
You’ve probably thought, “what damage could small pieces of ice do to a roof?” Well, you’d be surprised. This is true, especially after a heavy storm, which almost always brings with it hail damage to the roof. While the level of damage is all going to depend on the roof type, it is important to know the different types of roof damage that can be caused due to a hail storm. You can begin your inspection by searching for divots on the shingles. You might even notice clear signs of impact from the hail storm. You should also inspect the roof for loose shingles or signs of flashing, which can lead to a leaking roof.
Inspect the Roofing and Insulation
With time, the vacuum and pressure that is created due to the wind blowing against the edge of the roof can result in parts of the roofing membrane moving from its position. It is important to inspect the corners of the roofing to ensure that the insulation is properly fastened and secured along the perimeter. This is especially important after a storm or heavy rainfall.