Roof Inspection

A roof should be inspected at least once a year in order to make sure there are no advanced signs of damage. The structure of the building could be compromised when the shingles are degrading or damaged as the elements are allowed into the sensitive parts of the home. An Ocean County roofing contractors should be called immediately at the earliest signs of damage. The following are common types of damage that may affect a roof over time.

Typical damage to a roof comes in the form of degrading shingles. It is important to notice shingle degradation as soon as possible to stop it from causing further damage to the home. The most common sign of shingles that have degraded is in the gutters. Most homes in the United States have asphalt shingles. Over time, these shingles lose pieces due to normal erosion that is inherent to their structure and composition. When these pieces fall off, they land in the gutter and eventually flow out and sit in the gutter spout. These pieces become more apparent as the degradation becomes more advanced because they get larger over time. Pieces of shingle look like sandpaper but feel rubbery and are easily breakable. Degrading shingles can cause other problems such as ice dams or wood rot.

Wood rot is caused by water seeping into the framing of a house. The wood becomes easily breakable over time due to rot, and the structure of the house becomes compromised. Most of the time, the wood rot is easily identified by holes that form in the roof. These holes can be seen by looking for shafts of light in the attic. Holes in a roof are dangerous as they mean the integrity of the framing is at risk of collapse. This becomes an especially big threat during the winter when snow and ice begin to weigh on the home. Eventually, under the pressure and stress of the weight, the roof may collapse. It is important to look for signs of wood rot as soon as possible.

Ice dams are an added risk when a roof begins to degrade. The most common signs of ice dams are large icicles that hang from the gutters. This means that the gutters are not draining properly and are beginning to overflow. Ice dams should be taken care of as soon as possible because they cause snow packs on the roof that could eventually fall off. The roofers from Fortified Roofing in Ocean County NJ can answer your questions about gutters or roof repairs.

Term explained by the roofers from Fortified Roofing in Ocean County NJ:

Ice dams

Ice dams are common winter problems. They are caused by debris that falls into the unclean or clogged gutter of a house. Over time, the pileup of debris keeps the gutter from possibly draining. When this happens, the water freezes and creates a dam.

The professional Ocean County roofers in NJ answer a FAQ:

How often should a homeowner have their roof inspected?

A roof should be inspected at least twice a year, especially in areas that get large amounts of snow. Snow, wind and rain all degrade a home’s roof and cause damage to the home over time. Routine inspections ensure a properly maintained roof and a safe home to live in. Most inspections are free or come with a small fee.

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