Your roof is the barrier between you and the rain, wind, and snow.  And, with winter on the horizon, it is important to ensure your roof is in top condition.  Take a look at our advice on:

How to do a Roof inspection

a. Review your warranty.  Ensure your roof is still under warranty, and check to see how old your roof itself is.  The older the roof, the more susceptible it is to damage from weather. An inspector on the roof examines a skylight

b. If you feel comfortable with taking a look yourself, get a ladder and set it on a firm, flat, dry surface.  Put on rubber-soled shoes.  Ensure the weather is dry and there is no wind.  Climb the ladder and visually inspect your roof for cracks in the shingles, discoloration in the shingles, pealing or rusted flashing, and any areas where water might pool.  It is best not to go onto your roof – especially if it is made of shakes or metal is your roof will be slippery – no matter the weather.  Also, going onto your roof may cause further damage to something which is already unstable.

Another part to check is your gutters.  Ensure they are not clogged or filled with debris.  Gutter clogs can cause major leak issues in the future.

Finally, check to see if your roof has a moss problem, or if there are limbs or other detritus on your roof.  Moss can speed roof deterioration, and debris can create habitats for nasty critters like boring beetles.

c. Go indoors and up into your attic space.  Ensure that any ventilation is open and un-blocked.  Feel the ceiling of your attic – especially in areas where something like a chimney is protruding from your roof.  If the interior of your attic is damp, you should get a professional to take a look to discover and fix the source of the leak.

c. If you believe your roof is in need of repair or maintenance – or you are unsure that your visual inspection was enough,  call in a professional roofer to take a look at the issue and get it fixed.  It’s best to go with a reputable roofing company with a valid CCB number and good customer reviews.  With something like a roof, it’s best to choose who to repair or replace your roof by experience and qualifications – not by price alone.  Some of the cheapest roofers may be using substandard materials, or create a worse situation than the one you already have.

Additionally, keep your warranty in mind.  If your roof is covered under the warranty, check if the repair or maintenance is also covered by the warranty.

Here’s to a happy holiday season!

Tom Leach Roofing