Post-winter wear and tear can be tough to spot at first, which is why you need to take a moment to inspect your home – specifically your roof – as we head into spring. The snow is melted, the weather is getting warmer, and it’s easier to get outside and assess the damage of winter. From potential leak spots to proactive maintenance, here’s what to know about spring roof inspection.

Granule Loss

The loss of granules on your asphalt shingles is a big sign of roof damage that many homeowners aren’t aware of. These granules, which cover the outermost layer of your roof, are compressed together to form a vital protective barrier. However, over time, and with severe weather, those granules can fall off, typically gathering in your gutters.

Because snow and ice are big culprits of granule loss, it’s important to inspect your roof after winter. Excessive granule loss may mean you have to think about roof replacement, as those granules can block and clog your gutters, plus your roof won’t be getting the protection it needs. 

Cracked or Curled Shingles

A damaged or aging roof often features curling and cupping shingles. If you have noticed the edges of your shingles are lifting upwards, this is called curling. It happens when shingles approach the end of their lifespan, and a roof replacement may be in order. If your roof is relatively new, curling shingles can be a sign of improper installation. Perhaps they were misaligned or they were placed over too many layers of older shingles.

Lifting Shingles

In a similar vein, lifting shingles are shingles that start to lift up when directly exposed to the elements, as ice and water creep underneath them. This compromises your roof’s ability to protect your home from water and other damage.

Damaged Gutters

If your gutters are clogged with debris, blockages will occur because water can’t flow through them properly. Stagnant water can freeze and cause undue strain on your gutters and siding, increasing the chance of ice dams and cracked gutters. Be sure to scoop debris from your gutters at the beginning of the spring season.

Roof Flashing

This is the metal material that seals the joints and edges of your roof around vents, chimneys, and skylights. Metal expands and contracts in the winter with extreme temperature variations, causing the flashing to pull away and cause leaks. Inspect the flashing to make sure it still forms a tight seal.

Roof Ventilation

Without proper roof ventilation, you may get mold in your attic, high energy bills, or ice dams. Proper ventilation ensures a consistent temperature throughout the home. If you spot mold or mildew in the attic or hot and cold areas of your home, get your ventilation system inspected to ensure you have adequate coverage.

Contact Hi-Tech Windows and Siding for Spring Roofing Services

Our roofing experts can perform a spring roof inspection to address any damage that may have occurred over the winter. We can also sign you up for regular maintenance so those issues don’t happen again. To schedule an appointment, contact us today at 800-851-0900.