Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Ah, the humble roof. We forget that the single most important structural element in our home is the roof. It provides shelter for those we love and the things we value.
It’s easy to let maintenance slide on something we take for granted. With better weather days upon us, now is a good time to inspect the roof and make sure it’s up to the task of protecting your home’s value.
Here are some crucial elements you’ll want to look for during a home roof inspection:
1. Are the gutters clean and in good shape? Organic debris building up in your gutters can cause water to pool and foster an environment for roof rot.
2. Do you see any curling around the bottom edges? Are there any gaps or holes in the soffit?
3. Are there surface cracks in shingles? Cracks warn you of impending disintegration or separation.
4. Is the flashing in good shape? Flashing is material installed to prevent the passage of water into a structure from a joint. This often amounts to shaped metal around seams for chimneys, vents, etc.
5. Are there any blisters? This could reveal a defect or possibly insufficient ventilation.
6. Is the insulation in good shape? Attic insulation can protect a roof from warping and reducing overall moisture in your home. Additionally, it helps keep snow from melting and refreezing, a major contributor to water damage.
7. Is anything going to fall on the roof? Part of roof maintenance is ensuring there’s nothing which might cause an undue load on the house. This includes rotten trees or dangerous overhanging limbs. It’s also a good idea to look at areas which may be eroded by vegetation or tree contact.
A happy roof makes for a happy home. May these simple tips help you protect your home for years to come. - Jim Armstrong