All homeowners should be be concerned about their roof. Roof issues oftentimes start off small but grow into large, costly problems when they go unnoticed or are neglected. It’s relatively easy to avoid this by doing consistent and thorough inspections. If you’re a DIY kinda guy/gal, here are some things you should lookout for each season.
Spring brings an abundance of rain. You know the saying. Naturally, you may notice more signs of roof leaks in spring. If you see any brown circles on your ceiling or hear dripping, your roof is likely already compromised. Always do an inspection of your attic to look for indications like discoloration or dampness. The earlier you can spot a leak, the less problems and lower the home repair costs down the line. If you’re located in an area that gets hit with a lot of bad weather, you’ll want to take extra precaution before and after a storm.
With summer comes a new set of concerns. Humidity is the big culprit during this time because it can lead to moss, algae and mold growth. Roofs without proper drainage are good candidates for these types of issues. Water left standing 48 hours after a rain = bad news. After a bad storm, be sure that you do a thorough inspection of your roof to look for ponding and other problematic areas where the roof slope might be causing inadequate drainage. Be prompt in making any needed repairs. Be sure to double check shaded areas underneath trees where the roof doesn’t get a chance to fully dry out.
Fall means leaves. While they might look nice, they’ll clog your gutters, drains and downspouts and restrict water flow. Over time, the collected debris can lead to bug problems, ponds, and even warp your drainage channel. Be sure to periodically clean out your gutters and remove any build-up of leaves to minimize the damage. You might consider installing screens to stop debris from falling into your gutters in the first place.
In the wintertime, ice and snow are the main offenders, as they can cause leaks, low areas and cracks. Take extra precaution when conducting your roof inspection if ice and snow are present. Do a visual inspection as best you can from the ground first. If you see exceptional buildup, or experience leaking, you might want to have a professional come and clear off the roof. Sometimes snow can create ice dams in your drainage system, which might be preventing snow from draining off your roof.
Final Note: Even if you’re planning on doing the majority of maintenance on your own, it’s good practice to call a professional inspector every year or two to help catch some of the things you might have missed.