Now that it's spring, are you proud that you and your home survived your first winter together? As a first-time homeowner, are you planning on checking your roof for any winter damage? Do you know that you don't need to wait for summer rains to create a tell-tale leak before you can spot any problems? Here are some problem areas that could be a sign you need roofing repairs.
Missing shingles: Just because you haven't found shingles in your backyard doesn't mean that they're still in place on your roof. Even if your roof looks fine from the ground level, you should prop a ladder against the side of your home and peer over the edge to make sure everything is intact.
If you don't want to climb a ladder, you can check your roof at street level with a pair of good binoculars. You may be shocked to discover a naked spot or two that you didn't know existed. The shingles could've blown away during a windstorm while you were away from your home and ended up down the street.
A visual inspection is the only way to make sure your roof is intact. A professional roofer can tell you if you only need to replace the few missing shingles, or if the entire roof will have to be replaced.
Ice damming: During the winter, the heat of your attic warms a great deal of the roof, leaving the eaves cold. This causes the snow to melt in the warm spots, then freeze on the cold eaves. This causes an ice dam, a hump of ice formed at the edge of the roof. The melted snow backs up at the ice dam and can pour into your attic. The icicles created by the moisture may add charm to your home, but they can signify a problem buildup as the cycle of freezing and thawing continues.
An ice dam can loosen your shingles, break your gutters, and damage your eaves. If you saw evidence of an ice dam during the winter, a roofing professional can assess any damage and let you know what repairs need to be made.
Damaged or missing flashing: High winds can dislodge flashing around skylights, chimneys or vent stacks, causing them to become misshapen and ineffective. This could leave areas of your roof vulnerable to condensation, causing mold in your attic, or rotted wood in the support beams.
Unless you're a professional, it is difficult to tell whether the displaced flashing was due to bad weather, or deteriorating materials. An expert roofer can look at your roof and let you know if there's minor damage to the flashing, or if your shingles will need to be removed so that new flashing can be installed.Share