The days are now noticeably longer. Warmer temperatures break through the cold, and – in some places anyway – ice and snow have begun to melt. And ice and snow melting, at least in the roofing business means it’s time to check your roof.
Why? Because if your roof has been collecting the cold stuff for some time, chances are, it might have done some damage. So here are three quick things to check for:
Leaky, detached, and clogged gutters. In the cold weather gutters pay the price, and in the springtime, if those gutters are damaged, it’s your home that pays the price. More specifically, your siding, your roof, and possibly the interior walls of your home. Why? Because gutters are meant to funnel water away from your home, when they don’t work, that water leaks into areas that it’s not meant to go. The result is water damage, and all the fun cleanup that comes with it. So do yourself a favor and check your gutters before spring rains.
Detached flashing. If your roof is the first line of defense against weather, roof flashing acts as the last line of defense against water leakage. Why? Because as well designed as your roof may be, it still has joints and seams which are vulnerable to water leaks. What covers those joints and seams and prevents those leaks is – you guessed it – flashing. But of course, when flashing is detached, it can’t work properly. So take a quick look around your home. Are there any seams missing flashing? Is any flashing detached from the surface of your home? Does any flashing look damaged. Luckily, flashing is relatively easy to fix, and certainly less costly than a water leak.
Check your chimney. Chimneys are especially vulnerable to damage because they protrude from your home’s roof. On a masonry chimney storm damage can include brick pieces or full bricks lying on the ground or on the roof, fresh cracks in the chimney, or blown out sections of the chimney. Chimneys can also be struck by lightning, which usually hits at the top and travels down, then exits at some point which can be found in the exterior or interior. For this reason, lightning can cause massive interior damage without much visible signs on the exterior. Damage from hail causes marks on the brick or stone face and the chimney cover. Obviously, any of these forms of damage can render a chimney unusable at best, and at worst, a weak link in your home’s roof that causes more damage down the road.
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