Roof leaks can be tricky to spot. But with a few simple tips, your can find roof leaks and get them fixed before the roof leaks gets worse and cause major roof leak damage.
Roofs can be damaged by ice, snow and freezing temperatures, as well as high winds and severe storms. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends homeowners conduct a simple roof checkup every spring. Doing so can help prepare your roof for the hot, humid and sunny weather that’s just around the corner. The following are some important tips to get you started.
What to Look For On Your Roof. Most roof damage occurs before anyone at ground level notices it. Some signs that your roof (or parts of it) may need replacing are shingles that are buckling, curling or blistering. Loose material or wear around chimneys, pipes and other penetrations. Excessive amounts of shingle granules in your gutters; granules give shingles added weight and protect them from ultraviolet rays. Be sure to inspect the area around pipes and chimneys. Inside your home, check interior walls and ceilings for water damage caused by roof leaks.
Removing Leaves from Your Roof Gutters. Once or twice a year, it’s a good idea to put on your work gloves, get on a ladder and clean out your gutters and downspouts. If your gutters are clogged, rain won’t drain properly. Water can overflow the gutters and cause serious structural damage to your foundation over time. In addition, a gutter full of water is heavy and can damage the fascia boards on your roof.
Hiring a Professional Roofing Contractor. In addition, know that a roof can save you energy. A professional roofing contractor can help you do the following:
- Determine whether you have appropriate levels of insulation
- Talk to you about new energy-efficient products available, such as reflective shingle granules
- Explain how roof maintenance can help you recognize energy savings
If you see a potential roofing problem, don’t try to fix it yourself. Call a professional roofing contractor. Be sure your contractor has a permanent place of business, telephone number and tax identification number. In addition, check references from prior customers and ask for proof of insurance (liability and workers’ compensation). Finally, be sure to ask the contractor to explain material and workmanship warranties.
To receive your free Roof Checkup Guide or for more information about how to spot and repair small roof leaks before they become big problems, or to find a professional roofing contractor in your area, check out NRCA’s Web site.