Spring Roofing System Inspection

Seasonal weather activity can wreak havoc on the exterior of a residence, and as severe weather moves through a region, a roofing inspection might not get priority until spring. However, a lack of major damage doesn’t mean that there is no damage. It’s important to take time during the change of seasons to inspect the exterior of the home, especially the roof, to identify any damaged areas in need of repair. When serious damage exists, a Middletown roofing company may be the ideal choice for ensuring that repairs are handled correctly.

One important area to watch during the winter is the attic. This is the most likely place that a leak will be identifiable. During a cold winter, an ice dam can form on the roof, allowing water to seep into the roofing materials and potentially into the attic. At the same time, it is helpful to know that shiners, which are nails that missed a joist and went through the materials, can collect frost. As conditions warm, moisture might drip from these spots and create the impression that a leak is present. Look for protruding nails in the areas of any perceived leaks to eliminate this possibility. Contact a roofing contractor for support in repairing a leaky area.

The soffits should also be checked during a seasonal inspection. Look for leaves and other debris that may have collected during winter storms. Be on the lookout for animals and birds that might have decided to make a soffit vent their home. Soffit vents should be clear because they promote the air movement needed to maintain a healthy roofing system. The gutter should also be cleared of leaves and other collected material to ensure that water doesn’t puddle on the roof during a spring rain.

The upper portion of the roof can be challenging to investigate and repair, especially for the individual who is not comfortable with climbing a ladder or walking on the roof. In such a case, a professional inspection is recommended. If loose shingles or tiles are identified, a professional is ideal for repairing these materials. Similarly, water damage should be handled professionally to minimize the risk of further leaks. It is also wise to identify loose flashing as well as any missing fixtures that could have blown away during storms.

Because spring is an important transition time that often prompts cleaning and improvement projects, a roofing inspection fits well with the season. While this can be handled as a DIY project, a professional inspection is recommended on an annual basis to ensure that an experienced eye evaluates the condition of the roofing system. Have a question regarding roof repairs or skylight installations? Ask a roofing professional from Fortified Roofing, Middletown roofers.

Roofing term of the day, courtesy of Fortified Roofing, Middletown roofers:

Ice Dam

As water on a frozen roof begins to melt, it can freeze again near the edge of the roof, resulting in a ridge that causes further melting water to back up. Water can also seep under the frozen area or develop underneath a buildup of ice because of heat coming from the attic.

Question and answer courtesy of Fortified Roofing, local Middletown roofers:

Will extra insulation protect a roofing system?

Extra insulation might keep the home warmer, especially during an icy winter. However, there needs to be a sufficient space for air to move through the attic. Inadequate ventilation can cause the attic to be too hot, which can result in damage to the exterior components of the roofing system. During winter, water damage may result in connection with ice dams. During the summer, heat damage can occur. Both situations can shorten the life of the roofing system.

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