Are you afraid of being caught with a leaky roof this winter? Don't stay scared, instead get proactive. The following checklist can help you determine if your roof is fine for another year, or if you need to schedule a repair or replacement before the cold and snow arrives.
#1: Look In the Gutters
Chances are you will be cleaning out your gutters this fall. When pulling out the leaves and muck, keep an eye out for gravel or bits of shingles. Deteriorating asphalt shingles will begin shedding a large amount of gravel. If you don't have gutters, check out the drip line on the ground beneath your roof to see if gravel or shingle pieces have been collecting.
#2: Inspect the Shingles
There's no need to climb onto the roof, you can do this inspection from the ground. You are looking for missing or damaged shingles. If you see buckled areas or places where it looks like the shingles are curling up, it's time to get a professional out to repair or replace the damaged spot.
#3: Check the Trim
Metal flashing is used around chimneys and vents on your roof to create a seal between these items and the shingles. You can check this out while looking at the shingles. If you notice that the flashing is missing or damaged, get replaced before winter so you don't end up with a leak. Rust stains on the shingles can also indicate that flashing is degenerating somewhere on the roof. This is also the time to check the soffit and fascia boards that trim the edges of your roof. You will need to get any holes, cracks, or rotten boards repaired.
#4: Manage the Moss
Moss may look pretty on a shaded roof, but it tends to work its way beneath the shingles. This lifts the shingles, which causes water and ice to build up. As it melts, the water leaks into your home since it formed beneath the protective cover of your roof. A roofing contractor (such as one from Rainy Day Exteriors) can remove the moss from your roof with a special cleaner that kills it and removes the stains. They will then install zinc strips along your roof line. The zinc leaches down the roof each time it rains, which kills off any moss that is trying to grow.
#5: Look Inside
You may want to take a quick peek into your attic, even if everything looks fine from the outside. Use your notice to see if you detect any musty smells, such as those associated with mildew, mold, rot. Check that your attic insulation is dry and make sure there are no visible water stains or mildew stains on the underside of the roof. If your attic checks out, your roof can likely handle the rigors of the upcoming winter.