Roof Issues

Now is the time to evaluate before the cold months settle in

By Brian Watts

Late summer and early fall is a good time to have your roof inspected before the cold winter months hit. Many homeowners do not know if repairs, or even a new roof, are necessary, so it is always best to have a professional take a look, as they know how to navigate rooftops safely.

Remember, your roof is your first line of defense in protecting your home and its valuables, especially sentimental items. When you contact a company, do your research. Make sure they are reliable and have excellent ratings. Friends and neighbors may have a recommendation for you as well. Inspections may often reveal symptoms of either a needed repair or a new roof, or will alleviate your worries altogether.

What Roof Inspectors Look For

Roof inspections are often affordable and hassle free, and may give you peace of mind going into the cold winter months. During a roof inspection, an inspector should be looking at the following areas:

  • Is the roof properly nailed?
  • Is there moisture present?
  • Are there any water leaks?
  • Is the roof deck deteriorating?
  • Are the granulars deteriorating? If a roof has discolorations (a color variance) it may be caused by the granulars coming off the shingles.
  • Are the shingles missing, loose or split?
  • Are the shingles buckled or curling?
  • Is there algae present?
  • Is the flashing damaged or corroded?
  • Are there any obstructions to the gable vents or attic vents?
  • Are all gutters and downspouts in good working order?

Signs Your Roof Needs Repairing

  • Water spots on your interior ceilings.
  • Missing shingles.
  • Missing ridge vent.
  • Loose flashing.

Signs You May Need a New Roof

  • Granules are seen collecting in the gutters.
  • Roof looks weathered/aged (i.e. cracking shingles)
  • Roof has discolorations (color variance due to the granules coming off the shingles)

Remember, your roof is a valuable part of your home. It provides protection from the elements for your family as well as your valuables and sentimental items.

About the Author:

Brian Watts owns and operates a family owned business, Rescue Roofing. He has been in the roofing industry for over 14 years, and specializes in roofing, siding, windows, and gutters. Visit his website at www.myrescueroofing.com or contact him via phone 540-729-1649, or by email at rescueroof@aol.com.

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