Winters, even mild ones like the one we have had in niagara can be tough on your roof, especially if it’s an older roof.
A good roof inspection in the spring will show you the warning signs of damage that might need attention before they become problems. Here’s what look for:
1. Roofing Shingles
While getting up on a ladder for a closer look is best, you can also use a pair of binoculars to inspect the roof’s shingles. Look for signs of wear on the shingles which will show up as bare areas where the protective gravel coating has been scraped off by things like debris, wind and snow.
Also look for any raised edges. These can be caused by water getting under the shingle, freezing and lifting the shingle when it does.
Especially if you have older trees around your home, your eavestroughs have been collecting things throughout the winter. Without being cleared, the debris can hold water which can back up and get in under the edges of your roof.
Flashing is used to stop water from getting in between them and the roof. The melting and freezing of snow and ice can pull the flashing away from the roof and if that happens, moisture may be able to get under the flashing and into your home.
Professional Roof Inspections are a good idea as the spring season moves in. While you can do a roof inspection yourself, if you have a multi-level home or a particularly large roof, it may be difficult to properly inspect the entire roof.
The best way to avoid expensive roof repairs is to have your roof inspected by a professional every spring and fall.
Call or email my team at Class Eh! Roofing if you need assistance. 289-687-6924
Wayne Jeffreys is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and owner of Niagara based roofing company Class Eh Roofing!