As summer winds down, it won’t be long before bad weather will arrive. When was the last time you had your roof inspected? If you can’t remember, then it has been far too long. The end of summer and early fall are the perfect times for homeowners to get their roofs inspected before bad weather hits. Most people wait until serious damage is noticeable, which may then be too late to easily repair. Also, most contractors don’t enjoy working during the harsh winter months so you might have to wait until spring to get it properly fixed.
Winter blizzards, heavy springtime storms, and the blistering heat of summer all take a toll on your roofing. Broken tree branches could have blown onto your roof causing significant damage. Heavy snow loads, hail storms, and large gusts of wind can all damage your shingles and even cause structural damage. Left unfixed, minor issues can lead to leaks and other more expensive repairs to your home.
If possible, try to examine the roof yourself from the ground or if you are cleaning your gutters take a look around to see if you notice anything that seems out of place. The shingles, flashing, and ventilation should all be scrutinized for any damage. If you’re not comfortable inspecting the roof yourself or want a professional opinion call us to inspect your roof before winter.
Identify Roof Damage
If there are leaks inside your home or stains on the ceiling then you have an obvious problem with your roof. Other less noticeable issues require a professional roofing inspection to identify problems before they grow into bigger, more expensive problems. Common signs of roof damage include:
- Shingles that are missing, cracked, buckled or warped.
- A sagging roof signifies significant structural issues.
- Dents in flashing and gutters caused by hail or broken tree limbs.
- Small holes in the roof.
- For asphalt roofs, watch out for dark patches or an accumulation of particles near gutters or downspouts.
- If your roof is over 20 years old, then regular inspections can identify roof replacement or repairs.
- Higher utility bills can be an indication that your roof is damaged and leaking heat.
Another method to discover roof damage is to head into the attic when the sun is shining bright and look for places where light is coming in through the roof. If you can see out, then water is sure to come in! Be sure to look around for water stains on roof trusses and supporting beams which are also signs of roof damage.
If your roofing has any signs of damage, it is urgent that it be repaired before winter. Ice can expand any cracks causing costly leaks in your home and heavy snowfalls can cause a collapsed roof. Homeowners, buyers and flippers, and real estate agents all trust us to provide superior quality roofing services for their houses. Brown Roofing provides inspections and Roofing in Connecticut. We inspect your roof and can repair any issues before bad weather hits your area.