It’s hard to believe that fall is almost upon us, but with the hustle and bustle of parents buying school supplies and school ready to begin any day now, it is natural to think of fall, the beautiful colors and the cooler weather. Something else that you should think about is preparing your roof for the cooler weather. It is best to determine what your structure might need well before the cold winter months hit, and if this summer weather was any indication of how unpredictable Chicago weather can be, who knows when winter will come or what it will bring.
The Importance of Inspection
Early fall is the best time to have your roof inspected. It allows you to determine what type of abuse your roof has taken during the spring and summer rainstorms including hail and harsh wind damage. It gives you the opportunity to identify exactly what needs to be fixed, whether you have small repairs that are needed or an entire roof replacement.
Fall is the Time for Repairs or Replacement
You do not want to go into the winter months with the risk of having a leaky or unstable roof. Because we have no idea how much snow and ice we will get this winter, you are much better off to be proactive. You should plan now to have all repairs completed before the first frost so that your home is ultimately protected in any type of weather. While some repairs can wait until the last minute, full roof repairs should definitely be planned now so that it is complete before winter.
Getting the Inspection Done
Many people will think that it is best to do the inspection on their own. While it is possible to check a few things on your own, none of them should be done on the top of the roof. If you have access to your attic, you can look for water damage, mold or obvious signs of holes or leaks. Simply take a flashlight with you and look for damage. For the most thorough inspection, however, it is beneficial to call your professional roofing contractors. They know how to walk on the roof safely as well as how to look for obvious damage as well as those issues that might not be obvious to you, but could become a problem in the next few years. Wouldn’t you rather know about impending problems now before they get out of hand?