The roof of your home is generally the most important (and expensive) part of the entire house. In order for it to keep doing its job of protecting you and your family from the outside elements, it needs to be well-maintained. That’s why every roof should be inspected before the winter, in the spring, and after major storms. Here are a few things you should look for during an inspection:
Take a look at the shingles on your roof and see if any are missing, cracked, or split. Damaged or missing shingles can expose the sheathing underneath to rain and snow, leading to eventual roof leaks, water damage, rot, and mold. For those with asphalt roofs, you can easily replace a damaged area of shingles by having a new 10-by-10 foot section of asphalt shingles installed.
Flashing is a thin, yet sturdy sheet of metal that is installed underneath singles where roof valleys intersect, around chimneys, over roof joints, and along roof eaves. Metal flashing is installed in these vulnerable areas to prevent any precipitation from touching the structure of the roof. If water makes its way past the shingles, it will be stopped by the flashing if it’s installed correctly. Weak, damaged, or improperly installed flashing can put your roof at risk for roof leaks, water damage, rot, and mold.
Not many people realize, but gutters are also a part of the roofing system. Your gutter system should be catching all of the water from your roof and channeling it downward and away from your house. If water begins leaking or pooling, your roof will be at risk for developing roof leaks while your property will be at risk for flooding. All gutters should work seamlessly without overflowing or leaking through any gaps or cracks.
A homeowner that likes to save money should know what to look for when they inspect their roof multiple times per year. When your roof needs repair or replacement, contact the expert installers at Preferred Exterior. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.