We know it’s tempting to let your roof go for another year, even as you’re crossing your fingers for good luck. Fall is an ideal time to tackle a roofing project, so your home is secure against winter weather and temperatures.
However, if it’s not in your budget right now you should at least get yourself an inspection so you know what you’ll be dealing with when you’re ready. DYMI Construction offers a no obligation roof inspection. But if you’re not comfortable having us come down for whatever reason, we have a list of areas you can inspect yourself and make sure your roof is ready for the winter.
There are four major areas of your roof that need a regular, thorough inspection:
Rain gutters protect your home by directing water away from the roof and foundation. But, they do tend to get filled up or clogged with debris like leaves and twigs from trees near your home. Leaving them clogged can cause water to back up onto the roof, down the walls, and into the foundation, rather than keeping it away from those areas. Too much water in those areas can deteriorate the materials of your roof and home.
Additionally, if it does cause a leak, it can damage your attic and cause mold and mildew to grow. Cleaning your gutters is a priority in the maintenance of your roof. Checking them regularly, as well as after storms or strong winds is also recommended.
It’s also important to check your roofing shingles to make sure that there isn’t any damage or wear. Asphalt shingles have granules that help protect them from the elements. As the shingles age, the granules will begin to separate from the shingles. So, if you see an excessive amount of granules in your gutters, it means that your roof may be nearing replacement time. You should also check shingles to see if there are any missing, curling, buckling, or broken. If you notice any of these signs on your roof’s shingles, call a roofing contractor right away.
Flashings are the pieces of metal that are used to keep water from getting into your home from the roof. They surround the joints, protrusions, vents, valleys, skylights, chimneys, and dormer windows. If any flashings are damaged or defective, it will rot your roof’s structure and seep into your walls or inside your home, causing serious damage.
Your attic must have proper ventilation to ensure your roof’s longevity. If there is insufficient ventilation, excess heat will be trapped, which can lead to condensation. If that happens, it can ruin your insulation and cause mold and mildew to grow. If you believe that your attic is not properly vented, or you notice condensation, mold or mildew, it’s time to have it looked at by a professional.
Or just call DYMI Construction.
Don’t let small roofing problems become major roof repairs. Check the four of these areas to avoid costly repairs or even a roof replacement in some cases. If you don’t want the hassle of doing it yourself, or if you want a thorough and professional inspection, the experts at DYMI can help. At DYMI Construction we have the experience to find and repair problem areas with your roof, no matter what the cause. If you have noticed a problem with your roof or you would like a roof inspection, contact us today at 215-295-1918 for an appointment.