Your roof takes a beating from the elements all year round, but it generally experiences the most wear and tear during the winter season after withstanding everything from rain and wind to snow and ice. Once winter finally melts away, it’s a good idea to get a spring roof inspection to see how your roof is holding up. This will allow you to get your roof patched up or replaced if needed before the rains of spring begin their onslaught.
Although you can attempt to do a visual inspection of your roof on your own, it’s a better idea to get a professional roof inspection to ensure that you don’t miss any problem areas. The following are some of the things that we will inspect here at Park Heights Roofing in Baltimore:
- The gutters – The gutters should be cleaned on a semi-regular basis to avoid any clogs from occurring. If your gutters get clogged up, water will rise up during rain, which can not only result in leaks near your roof, but can also weigh down the gutters, causing them to loosen from the side of the roof. Not only will we check to make sure the gutters are clear, we will make sure that they are intact and not damaged so that they can do their job properly during the spring season.
- The interior of the roof – We will take a look in your attic to make sure that there aren’t any leaks or potential leaks in your roof. We’ll look for light coming through any cracks, sagging in the roof, ventilation issues and cracked roof sheathing. Doing so can help prevent bad leaks from developing that can cause water damage to not only your roof but the entire attic area.
- The metal flashings and caulk sealers – Flashings and caulk sealers help to prevent water from leaking into openings around your roof, such as around skylights or chimneys. If you experienced snowfall or ice during the winter, there’s a chance that these features could be damaged. This is because expanding ice can cause metal flashings to become displaced and can break open caulk joints. We will examine the flashings along skylights, chimneys and walls as well as inspect the rubber gaskets around the vent pipes and other roof penetrations that help seal water out. While we’re up there, we’ll also look for nails that have become exposed due to failed sealants.
- The shingles – Ice can cause all sorts of damage to your roof’s shingles. It can cause them to lift, tear and break. In fact, just the cold temperatures can make shingles stiff and brittle, making them more vulnerable to damage caused by high winds. We will inspect your roof for damaged shingles that need to be replaced.
Professional Roof Inspection
With our professional roof inspection, we will be able to determine if you are in need of repairs or roof replacement for the upcoming spring season. Contact us at Park Heights Roofing to schedule a spring roof inspection today.