You felt how harsh the winter weather was – just imagine the beating your roof must have taken. In order to keep your roof over your head for many more years to come, it’s important to perform a spring inspection, to catch any damage or budding issues that could threaten the integrity of your roof.
After the freezing, thawing, wind, and cold that your roof was exposed to during the winter, shingles could easily have been ripped off, cracked, or peeled. Cracks often form around chimneys and pipes, and buildup in gutters could have dammed pools of water on top of your roof.
All these things, if left untreated, can cause serious damage to your roof. By inspecting your roof in the spring, you can isolate and fix these problems before they get out of hand.
What to Look For
First, start inside by inspecting your attic or uppermost floor. Check for leaks, discolored ceiling tiles, soggy insulation, and cold drafts. These issues will indicate where you have leaks and/or missing shingles.
Second, walk around the perimeter of your home and look for shingles that have fallen off the roof and chunks of ice under roof eaves. Take note of these problem areas to inspect more closely later.
Finally, if you are sure your roof is ice-free, you can climb up on the roof and check for these things:
- Missing, broken, or warped shingles
- Rusty metal
- Cracks on or near chimney/pipes
- Clogged gutters
If you do happen across any damage, it’s best to call for professional help. While you certainly can do some maintenance by yourself (like cleaning out gutters), more serious damage should be handled by professionals.
As you are inspecting your roof, never forget – safety first! If you decide to climb up on your roof, follow these basic safety measures:
- Always face the roof’s edges
- Close any roof hatches and avoid all skylights
- Stay at least 6 feet from the edge
- Use the buddy system