The winter season can wreak havoc on the exterior of a home and the surrounding property. Most often, it is simply an issue of falling behind on outdoor maintenance during the colder months.
Now is the time to do a winter-end check to make sure everything is in order and ready to withstand those spring-time showers and the pending heat of summer.
While all exterior areas should be checked periodically, one area that typically requires special attention at the end of the winter season is the roof. To identify possible roofing concerns, look for:
- Ceiling stains – A possible warning sign that your roof system needs repair or replacement. If localized, it may be an isolated point of damage or flashing leak. Ceiling stains can also be associated with excessive attic moisture and/or ice dam conditions, which may require additional attic ventilation and/or insulation to prevent a recurrence. If there are stains on lower level ceilings, a plumbing leak could be the cause.
- Loose or missing shingles – Any loose or missing shingles should be repaired or replaced immediately to avoid additional leakage and damage to the roof deck or interior of your home.
- Loose, lifted or cracked flashing – This is the metal or other type membrane found at the base of chimneys and roof penetrations. Damaged flashing should be repaired to prevent leakage.
- Lifted or curled shingles – This may be an indication the roof is worn and near or at the end of its service life. If found just in an isolated area, spot replacement may be possible, but if widespread, get a professional opinion on the roof’s condition.
- Heavy granules buildup in gutter or at base of downspouts – The granules on roof shingles gradually wear away to the point where the underlying material is exposed over large areas. Once this happens the rate of shingle deterioration accelerates. If excessive, it may indicate aging shingles that need replacement.
Remember, these tips are only general guidelines. Since each situation is different, contact a professional if you have questions about a specific issue. More home safety and maintenance information is available online at housemaster.com.
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