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How to Properly Inspect your Roof

Roofing shingle inspections shouldn’t be taken lightly or completed willy-nilly. Your roof is the protector of your home, it’s like a moisture-fighting gladiator. It protects the small-fortune investment you’ve made in your home and prevents foundations from cracking, moisture from damaging the walls and trees from falling on your heads. As such it deserves your respect with a proper roof inspection. But—how to properly inspect your roof.

How to Properly Inspect your Roof

To make roof inspections a simple art form we’ve broken it down into 5 easy steps:

1. Make A Schedule
Inspecting your roof likely isn’t high on your priority list, and if it is it can easily be bumped by illness or a tee ball tournament. So, the first step to ensuring proper roof inspections is to schedule them. You will want to schedule one in the spring after the first thaw to inspect the damage that a winter full of snow has done, and another one in the fall to prepare your roof for winter.

2. Love your Flashings
Flashings are the metal pieces that join and cover different elements on your roof. They are often found around chimneys, vents and dormers, and are the most likely to become damaged and leak as they often bear the brunt of storms. If you see any wear-and-tear on your flashings, including them rising up, bent, cracked, out of place, etc., you will want to fix these immediately, in order to avoid moisture from entering your roof.

3. Check your Roofing Shingles
Shingles should be flat, rough-to-the-touch and overlapping. When inspecting your roof check to see that there are no missing shingles, but also check that there aren’t any shingles that are raised up, warped or uneven—as these are signs they are about to fall off. Missing and damaged shingles are chinks in your roof’s armour and will let in home-damaging moisture. Replace them or seal them with roofing cement (if their condition is good enough) as soon as possible.

4. Check your Roofing Shingle’s Grains

While you’re inspecting your shingles for signs of wear-and-tear also check the granule count. Are some shingles balder than others? Have they lost an inordinate amount of granules? If so, the shingle(s) may need to be replaced, soon. When checking for granule count check to see how many are in your gutter—as too many granules in a gutter can indicate a big problem.

5. Respect your Gutters
Your gutters protect your home from water running down the side and into the foundations—so be sure that they are free of debris. Clogged gutters can cause significant damage not only to your foundations and home but also your roof and its shingles.

What If I Encounter Problems When Inspecting your Roof?

Should you encounter fixable problems that you have the know-how to repair, like missing shingles or dirty gutters, then attack the job yourself as soon as possible. If you are unsure how to proceed then call us—the Dillon Bros—your roofing experts in Newmarket and surrounding areas.

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