04 Oct How To Not Ruin Your Holidays By Getting a Fall Roof Inspection
Fall Time is Roof Inspection Time
For as long as I can remember, Fall has been my favorite time of the year. Even when growing up and living in Florida, and now, in North Carolina more than ever. The dream-like weather, the colors, the holidays, how you can curl up cozily by a fire. And still, during this challenging year, the spirit of change is in the air.
It is also the time for homeowners to prepare their homes for Winter. Roof Inspections is one of the items that homeowners put off later when it is an item that should be at the top of their priority list every year.
There is no doubt that North Carolina has, in recent years, experienced unusual patterns in weather. Frosty snow will cover the roofs of houses one day; warm and sunny weather the next. It takes only one occurrence of a cold rainy or snow day to have you notice and realize that your roof has not been checked in a long time.
The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends self-checking your roof at least twice a year. In addition, you can benefit from a professional inspection every few years throughout the lifespan of your roof. An expert inspector can find and pinpoint areas where the roof has or is about to fail.
Here are the 5 areas a knowledgeable contractor will check:
Fall is the ideal time for roofers to inspect and lay a new roof. Finding and replacing damaged shingles before damaging cold high winds and snow can help avoid costly water intrusion that damages roofing layers, decking, and everything else the leak permeates through. By the time you see a leak on your ceiling or walls, the damage is disastrous.
You might not put much thought into your gutters’ critical function. They are not just a decorative element but an absolutely vital component to the integrity of your roof and home. The gutters’ primary purpose is to funnel water off the roof and away from your home. Leaves, debris, leaks, and so on, can cause water to back up into the roof system, causing expensive damage inside and out. Faulty gutters can compromise your home’s foundation and wreak havoc in your basement.
Vents are often sealed with neoprene or rubber, both of which will dry and crack with age and exposure to the elements unless adequately and routinely maintained. Any penetrations on your roof, if not properly sealed, are vulnerable to critters. Sound vent seals can help protect your home from water and unwanted pests.
Roof flashings are the areas where two opposing roof surfaces meet. This is another vulnerable area to leaks and water damage. Some of these weak zones are dormer walls, chimneys, skylights, and roof valleys. Inspecting the seal on your flashing and assuring it’s functionality can help keep water from penetrating and becoming trapped inside the roof system.
5. ATTIC AND INSULATION
At times, the problems aren’t the roof; it’s the attic. A proper inspection will identify proper ventilation, plumbing, air conditioning, fans, animals, or bug infestations – all of which can contribute to mold, algae, or moisture problems. Any roof damage your inspector finds can be fixed and save the insulation in your attic. If the water intrusion is not mediated, over a few short months could destroy your attic insulation and sheathing, including trusses and other structural components.
As you prepare for Winter and the holidays, don’t forget your roof. Have your roof inspection performed now to counter any problems. Prevent irreversible damage that could have been easily avoided. Don’t let a potentially faulty roof ruin your fall season or the holidays.
Level Up Roofing, Inc is currently running a limited-time Fall Promotion to perform a thorough roof inspection to give you peace of mind.