Spring Roof Inspection Checklist
Spring is in the air and that means … making sure your roof made it through the winter without damage.
Before you climb on the roof, however, ensure you do it safely. Place your ladder on a firm, level surface, at the angle specified by the manufacturer. Secure it to your roof, but not in a way that presents a tripping hazard.
Gutters: Clear the rain gutters of any material that may have collected in them over the winter. Clear all material by hand before flushing them to prevent clogs in downspouts.
Downspouts: Use a hose to flush downspouts and loosen any material that may have become lodged in them throughout the winter. With the hose in the downspout, inspect each one to ensure it’s free of leakage that can cause water to collect around your foundation.
Roofing Materials: Inspect your shingles or tiles for visible damage, such as cracks, tears or missing chunks. Pay special attention around pipes and other protrusions from the roof where snow and ice may have accumulated and damaged the seal.
Vents: Vents in your rooftop, under your eaves or in the rafters are essential to keeping air flowing through your home. Make sure they’re unimpeded and allow air to circulate.
Chimney: While you’re on the roof, take the opportunity to check that your chimney is still in good health. Check that masonry is intact and that white stains, similar to calcium buildup, aren’t building up, which can indicated your chimney is absorbing water.
Think you need repair or want a professional opinion about your roof’s health? Call us at 508.500.8655 or visit roofingwithmaize.com