3 Areas To Inspect On Your Roof After Winter Is Over

29 March 2018
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Now that winter has passed, you need to some time inspecting your roof. Snow can cause various damage to your roof, so you want to make sure that you inspect your roof this spring for any snow and winter-related damage and take care of it right away.

Shingles

The first thing that you need to check out on your roof is the shingles. Your shingles can undergo a lot of stress during the winter. If you had strong windstorms in your area over the winter, the wind could have ripped some shingles off your roof. Wind storms can also bring down tree branches. Even small tree branches can damage your shingles.

Snow and rain can wear down the granules on your shingles, causing them to need to be replaced. Your shingles should be inspected closely at the end of winter to see if any need to be replaced before you start dealing with spring rain storms. You don't want water to get under the shingles and damage your roof.

Flashing

Second, you need to inspect the flashing on your roof. The flashing is all of the metal parts of your roof. Flashing is generally located on the edges and corners of your roof. It helps cover up transition areas on your roof and it is also one of the most sensitive areas on your roof.

Snow and rain could disturb how your flashing is attached to your roof. You want to make sure that the flashing is secured to your roof and doesn't have any gaps around it. If the flashing is loose, you are going to want to get it secured so that water doesn't leak into your roof and cause damage.

Insulation

Did you notice a lot of ice building up on your roof this winter? If you had a lot of ice on your roof, then you had ice dams, which are not a good thing. Ice dams can wear down your roof and leads to leaks.

To get rid of ice dams, you need to make sure that your attic is well insulated. A poorly insulated attic, where heat is able to escape from the top of your roof, can lead to ice dams. To deal with this issue, you are going to need to add insulation to your attic. Adding insulation to your attic will keep heat from escaping from your home, which should cut down on ice dams, wear and tear to your roof, as also help make your home warmer.

This spring, make sure that you inspect and make improvements to the most vulnerable areas of your roof. Check damaged shingles, loose flashing, and the insulation levels inside of your attic. Contact a roofer specializing in custom carpentry to make any necessary repairs.