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Spring Roof Inspection: What to Look For

As spring makes its annual slow approach, it’s time for you to look ahead and think about inspecting your roof. This is the perfect time to do so, because the weather is getting warmer and it’s easier to get outside and take a good look. Your best bet is to call Hi-Tech for a professional (and safe) roof inspection, but in the meantime here are some things you should be on the lookout for.

Checklist

You don’t have to worry about getting up on the roof and risking your life. If you prefer, you can conduct your inspection from the ground using a pair of binoculars.

Be on the lookout for:

  • Rust spots or cracked caulking on flashing
  • Missing or broken shingles
  • Buckling, curling, or blistering shingles
  • Cracked, worn rubber boots placed around the vent pipes
  • Missing or damaged chimney cap
  • Loose flashing or deteriorated rubber seals
  • Large patches of moss and lichen, which signal the roof may be decaying underneath (keep in mind, black algae stains are purely cosmetic and only affect the surface)

Next, take a good look at your gutters. If you see piles of grit originating from the asphalt roof tiles in the gutters, consider this a red flag. These tiny granules cover your roof shingles and protect them from the sun’s damaging UV rays. When those erode, your roof becomes vulnerable to the sun and elements. If your roof is old and nearing the end of its lifecycle, you may have to start thinking about replacement.

What a Professional is Looking For

If your roof is older than 15 years and/or you’re experiencing leaks and other problems with your roof, it’s important to have a roof inspector come out to the property. Your contractor will be on the lookout for leaks, unusual wear and tear, organic growth issues, damage caused by debris blown by the wind, or problems that may have happened during initial shingle installation or subsequent repairs.

Generally, a roof inspection comprises four elements: structure, materials, workmanship and interiors. After the inspection has been completed, your roof inspector will review the findings with you, explaining any existing damage that was noted, what will need immediate repairs vs. what can wait, and the length of time you can expect the roofing system to last in its current condition.

Best Time to Schedule an Inspection

The ideal time to schedule a roof inspection is in the spring or after a hail or wind storm or some other type of significant weather event. Fall is also a good time to have it inspected, rather than the winter, when frigid temperatures, snow and ice can obstruct visibility and access to the roof. Certain roof repairs must be initiated in the fall so that they can be completed the following spring, such as treatment for lichen and moss.

Contact Hi-Tech Windows & Siding

To learn more about what we cover in a roof inspection and to make your appointment, contact us at 800-851-0900.

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