For homeowners, the change in seasons is the perfect time for an annual roof inspection. If you find yourself at the end of summer, now would be a great time for a roof inspection. The coming fall and winter weather can exacerbate any existing roofing issues and cause further damage than already exists. The good news is that homeowners can take action now to avoid more damage in the future. Here are 3 signs homeowners should look for while inspecting their roofs.
1. Check the roof for missing shingles
The first thing homeowners should check for at the end of summer is whether any shingles on their roof are missing or damaged. The roof is the gateway to the rest of the home, and once the seal is broken, water can make its way into the house. If you find missing, cracked, or damaged shingles, it's a tell-tale sign that your roof needs repairs or even be fully replaced.
It's easier to notice if a shingle is missing because of an obvious hole in the roof. You should see underlayment under the shingles which serve as a second barrier to prevent water from soaking the decking.
2. Check for water damage on the roof
When shingles are missing or damaged, water has easy access into the house and quickly results in water intrusion and damage. Water damage can lead to mold, mildew and leaks within the house and the only way to resolve it is to repair the damaged roof. The sooner the roof is repaired, the less damage has to be repaired. Signs of water damage homeowners can look for are streaks, mold or water spots inside the attic or on the ceiling.
3. Check the gutters
Finally, homeowners need to make sure to check the gutters for damage or signs of shingle debris. Gutters are an important part of a well-functioning roofing system because they divert water off of the roof and away from the foundation of the house. Shingle debris in the gutters can indicate problems within the roof, and if gutters are damaged, they won’t divert water correctly, which can result in water damage to the roof.
If you identify shingle, water or gutter damage during your inspection and need a professional roofing company to carry out repairs, look no further than Cenvar Roofing! We are a professional roofing company with years of experience in all types of repairs. When you schedule your free estimate, one of our qualified sales representatives will perform an inspection and let you know what your best options for moving forward are. We can't wait to serve you!