Hopefully the end is in sight with old man winter and when it is, many homeowners will begin to have a roof inspection. Are you one of them? There are many reasons that the spring is a great time to have this important task completed.
Just like you perform preventative maintenance on your car to prevent major breakdowns, the same is true for your roof. When you have an inspection performed after the long winter with harsh winds, heavy snow and a lot of ice, you might be able to discover weak spots in your roof that could have caused a major disaster had it not been caught ahead of time. Snow is very heavy and causes your roof to leak or even worse, collapse in certain areas. You might even find that you have mold or mildew accumulating as a result of the standing water. All of these repairs would be very expensive as well as inconvenient and could be prevented.
The most common area that needs repair is the shingles throughout your roof. Whether the winter storms caused you to lose some shingles, they became loose, curled or have debris lying underneath them, the earlier they are repaired, the easier it is to preserve the longevity of your roof.
During your roof inspection, professionals will also look for flashing that is missing or damaged. If this is the case, your home could be subject to major leaks and damage. A professional can ensure that it is aligned properly with the shingles and doing its job of keeping water away from your home.
In addition, many professionals will inspect every other aspect of your roof and its components. This includes checking your gutters for any damage from the long winter months as well as the vents to ensure that nothing got damaged. A close inspection will also be performed to look for extensive water damage. Anywhere that standing water was allowed to sit could have mold, mildew or rotting. If this is the case, certain critters could take up residence on your roof, as they like standing water. This could bring you even more problems than you ever bargained for, putting a damper on the excitement of the warm spring weather.