How Has the Winter Treated Your Roof?

While this winter has been far kinder to New England than last year’s historic weather cataclysm, your home’s structural systems have still been subjected to plenty of stress from cold, snow, ice and wind. With a return to warm spring weather just a few weeks away, now is a good time to assess any damage and see if repairs are required.

A good place to start is at the top: your roof. No other system on your home is as exposed to the elements or takes as much punishment as the roof. Think about the tons of snow your roof has supported over the years, the millions of gallons of rain it has repelled, and all the wind that has shaken the shingles or tiles.

We recommend that our customers have a roof inspection conducted by our roofing experts at least every other year. If your roof is more than 10 years old the inspection should be done annually. The roofing pros here at Hi-Tech have a checklist of items to examine and evaluate in order to assess the “health” of your roof. Our goal is to identify problem areas, and places that are “OK for now” but may pose a danger in the future.

Our inspectors don’t just give the roof a cursory glance. We take the time to examine the shingles or tiles for wear and tear, missing sections, curling or cracking. We look at the flashing – the metal barriers sealing the roofing materials from chimneys and other structures – to look for loosening or gaps in the seals. And we’ll inspect your gutters, too, to make sure they are fully capable of handling the runoff from rain and melting snow.

Once we’ve completed our inspection we’ll provide you with a written evaluation that lists our finding, including recommendations on necessary repairs or, if the roof is nearing the end of its service life, replacement options. Better to be prepared now for spring rains than to suffer through leaks and drips!

To schedule you roof inspection call us toll free at (800) 851-0900.  For more information visit our Roofing Page.

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