Instead of waiting for the signs of roof damage to creep into your home this Halloween, it is important to have it professionally inspected. With our extreme heat and rain here in Orlando, Schick Roofing has a few things to keep your eye out for. Making small repairs early can save you a lot of money in the long run.
After an intense storm, wind driven rain, or hail, take a good look at your ceiling and your attic for signs of a water leak. Discoloring, watermarks, and stains can be an indication of mold.
Roof leaks can be caused by a number of things, deteriorating flashing, inadequate underlayment, damage or missing shingles. Poor ventilation creates excess moisture trapped in the home, can cause the exterior paint to blister and peel.
If you are not comfortable climbing on their roof to look for damage, binoculars from the ground also work.
Here are a few common roofing issues to look for:
Check the edge of roof for damage, as well as the edging of skylights and the chimney.
Examine overhangs and under eaves for damage.
Look for any warped, torn, curled, cracked or missing shingles.
Check the joints and seems for any openings
Look for rusted or popped nails, as well as any stains around the nails.
Examine the roof for any sagging or unsound areas.
Check for any rotten eaves or fascia
Make sure the gutter is cleaned out regularly
Look for insect or rodent damage
Check for dark streaks or patches on the shingle
Examine the flashing around vents, pipes, seams and joints. This waterproof barrier breaks down over time and can compromise the roof’s integrity.
Look near down spouts for any roofing granules. The tiny stones on asphalt shingles are there for protection.
Check the vent boots for any cracks. These are air tight rubber boot is placed around the pipe to ensure moisture or rain water doesn’t get through. Over time, the heat of the sun and intense rain, can cause the boot to decay and crack.
When it comes to your roof, being proactive and taking action when you first notice signs of wear and tear, will save you money. Waiting until your roof has a water leak or damage, could end up costing more in repairs.
It may start out as a small stain on the ceiling or a few drops of water when it rains, but it typically means there is unseen trouble lurking.