Your roof takes care of you — return the favor with a yearly inspection that’ll stop moisture damage and head off expensive repairs.
A roof inspection is one of those preventative maintenance jobs that’s easy to overlook. Don’t.
Add a once-a-year reminder on your calendar to go out on a warm day and fix any problems you find. Or better yet, give us your e-mail and we will add you to our mail list. We will send reminders and tips yearly. Also we offer yearly inspections!!
If you’re squeamish about heights, don’t worry. Les Toitures Intact has got your back!
The less you walk around up there, the better for your roofing — and the safer for you.
To help prevent leaks or damage, work your way around your house, noting any potential problems.
Here’s what to look for:
Cracked caulk or rust spots on flashing.
Shingles that are buckling, curling, or blistering.
Missing or broken shingles.
Cracked and worn rubber boots around vent pipes.
Missing or damaged chimney cap. (OK, that’s technically not part of your roof, but since you’re looking anyway.)
Masses of moss and lichen, which could signal the roof is decaying underneath. Black algae stains are just cosmetic.
If you find piles of colored grit from asphalt roof tiles in the gutters, that’s a bad sign — those sand-like granules cover the surface of roof shingles and shield them from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. Check the age of your roofing and see if it’s nearing the end of its life cycle.
Be Alert to Early Signs of a Roof Leak
A yearly roof checkup is great, but problems can occur at any time. Early signs of trouble include:
Dark areas on ceilings.
Peeling paint on the underside of roof overhangs.
Damp spots alongside fireplaces.
Water stains on pipes venting the water heater or furnace.
If you find worrisome signs, especially if the roof is old or there’s been a storm with heavy wind or hail, get a professional assessment.
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