Late summer is always the best time to start preparing your home for the fall and winter. With the fall so close, now is the time to prepare for another Canadian winter, and an inspection is the best way to ensure your roof is protected. Below are a few of the roof structures and other potential issues you should have inspected before the fall.
Gaps or Cracks on the Roof
During the summer, harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, high temperatures and thunderstorms can cause hidden damage to your roof. This damage is usually evidenced by cracking or ‘shifting.’ Exposure to harmful UV rays and extreme heat can cause roof materials to rapidly expand and contract, leading to shifting or cracking. Cracks or gaps cause leakage that allows water to enter your home. Moisture leakage causes water damage to your home and roof.
A clogged eavestrough won’t drain properly, leading to frequent overflows. Overflowing water can cause leaking and damage to the siding, foundation and other structural elements of a house. Have the eavestrough checked for clogs or potential hazards, cleaned and cleared of leaves, branches and debris.
Shingles are at the top of every roof inspection checklist. Although a shingle inspection can be done from the ground, a thorough inspection includes climbing on the roof. From the ground, your contractor can check for visible signs of damage, e.g. hail damage or look out for fallen or missing shingles. On the roof, your residential roofing contractor can inspect for cracks and other shingle damage, as well as loose tiles.
Seals on the Roofing System
Sealant is used to seal many structures on a roofing system, including chimneys, pipes and skylights. Inclement weather can cause wear and damage to these seals, and worn or damaged seals can crack and form passageways for water to flow into your home or other structures on the roof. During your fall roof inspection, make sure your roofer checks all the seals surrounding the roof and on any of your roof’s structures.
Protect your home this fall and winter with a roof inspection from Crest Roofing. When it comes to residential roofing, we’re equipped to provide you with a thorough assessment and the expert advice you need to make informed decisions about repairing and/or replacing your roof. Call us today!