Summer Roofing Tip: Start Considering Any Possible Repairs

By Peter Horch | Aug 19, 2014

Chances are you don’t spend a great deal of your time looking up at your roof. Most of us, roofers excluded, generally walk in and out of the house without so much as looking away from our smartphones.

Inspecting your roof from time to time may help spot troublesome areas that need to be addressed, but it will also help you familiarize yourself with what your roof looks like when it’s in good condition, which will make it easier to spot trouble down the road.

So if you have no experience with roofs, what should you be looking for?

The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends that you inspect your roof at least two times a year, in the spring and in the fall. It is recommended that you hire a professional roofing contractor to assist you with the inspection, however if you’re inspecting your roof alone here are some things you should look for:

Start by grabbing a flashlight and heading up into the attic. From inside your home you should keep an eye out for:

  • Places where the roof deck is sagging
  • Signs of water damage or leaking
  • Dark spots and trails
  • Outside light showing through the roof.

Once you’ve completed your indoor inspection, head outdoors to get a good look at the exterior surface.

When inspecting your roof from the ground or when using a ladder be sure to adhere to the ladder manufacturers safety precautions to avoid injury. Again, we recommend hiring an experienced contractor to assist with this process.

Your roof inspection should include identifying:

  • Shingles that are buckling, curling or blistering; this indicates the end of the shingles’ life expectancy.
  • Loose material or wear around chimneys, pipes and other penetrations.
  • Excessive amounts of shingle granules in your gutters; granules give shingles added weight and protect them from ultraviolet rays.

Identifying areas that need to be repaired sooner will not only help prevent larger, more expensive repairs in the future, but may also improve your homes value if you’re looking to sell.

Have questions about your roof or wondering if your roof is in need of repair? Contact the team at Horch Roofing at (207) 273-1111, visit us at our office at 2414 Camden Rd. (Rt 90) in Warren, ME or visit us online at www.HorchRoofing.com

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