This week marks the official start of spring! The days are finally starting to get a little longer, and warm weather is just around the corner. New England winters can be very hard on a home, so it is important to address your roof and check for any problems that may have developed over the last few months.
Most of the time the effects are minimal, but over time any small crack, leaks or movement of your home will cause damage that needs to be addressed. If you can get to the damage early the cost of repair will be limited.
You can use our spring roofing checklist to ensure that your roof is in good condition.
Outside Roof Check
Many roofing problems can be detected from the outside. Watch out for:
- Bubbled-up, curled or split shingles
- Loose or exposed nails
- Missing or cracked caulk on flashing
- Loose or missing shingles
- Loose shingles at the ridge lines
- Damaged or missing flashing
- Rusted metal flashing
- Sagging or bulging
- Granule loss
- Broken seals
- Cracks in your chimney
- Dry rot
- Proper overhang on gutters
- Loose or cracked gutters and downspouts
- Damaged or rotted fascia board
While you are assessing your roof, its important to also check for signs of wear and tear on your gutters. A good spring cleaning is recommended to remove all of the leaves and debris from winter. Make sure all pathways are clear so water can flow uninhibited. A backup in your gutters during the rainy spring can have serious implications for your home.
Attic / Inside Roof Check
If you have access, inspect your attic to look for any of the following problems:
- Cracks on roof sheathing
- Signs of moisture (mold)
- Proper ventilation
- Leaks around vents or chimneys
- Sagging between rafters
- Visible light from the outside
If you notice anything in the above lists it’s important to have an experienced roofer look at your roof and evaluate the situation. Most roof repairs if caught early are inexpensive but if you let leaks or other issues grow they can cause expensive damage to your roof and other areas of your home.
If you are unable to safely access your roof or you are uncertain about your ability to detect problems, contacting a professional roofing company for an inspection is advised.