5 Reasons You Need a Professional Roof Inspection After Winter

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5 Reasons You Need a Professional Roof Inspection After Winter

March 28, 2018 Blog 1

Spring is here, which means it is a perfect time to get a professional roof inspection!  Roofs take a beating during the winter and may not be able to last another one.  But how do you know if your roof was damaged last winter? 

You CAN complete a home owner’s ground inspection.  In fact, we STRONGLY ENCOURAGE home owner’s to complete roof inspections from the ground every 6 months.  Frequent home owner’s inspections mean YOU are aware your roof’s condition.  Here is a blog post about how to complete a home owner’s inspection

If you have concerns with your ground inspection or know your roof is older, it is best to have an inspection completed by a professional. 

Here are 5 reasons why you may need a professional roof inspection this spring. 

 

1.        Harsh Weather Ages Material- 

If your roof is nearing the end of its lifetime, a harsh winter full of sleet, rain, snow, and strong wind can cause some serious damage to your roof. 

 

2.       Moss, Mold, Mildew and Algae Build Up- 

Due to the local climate it is easy for moss, mold, mildew and algae to build up on your roof.  

Small amounts of moss, mold, mildew and algae are easily treatable (and should be treated frequently) with sprays and cleaning.

However, large amounts of these organisms are a sign of excessive moisture.  Any type of prolonged moisture on the roof is a bad sign. 

 

 

3.       Flashing and Vent Issues- 

Roof materials aren’t the only things that grow old, flashing, vents, pipes and their fittings do also. 

Oftentimes flashing fails around chimneys, skylights and vents don’t hold up well after or even during winter. 

If you had issues with fittings and flashings during the winter and your material is just as old it may be time to get a new roof.

 

4.       Condensation-

Winters and summers tend to create condensation in attics.  

Sometimes there is so much condensation built up that it drips and pools, therefore rotting your roof deck or your attic supports.

Proper ventilation and insulation is key to keeping condensation out of your attic. 

It is important to make sure your home is vented right to prevent condensation.  A professional inspection will help determine the state of your vents, pipes  and insulation. 

 

 

5.       Gutter Failure- 

Whether clogged, improperly installed, or damaged, gutters greatly impact the state of your roof, siding and fascia. 

Rot and other damage occurs when gutters are not functioning properly.  The rot can sometimes be seen on your fascia and siding from malfunctioning gutters.   

Unseen rot can occur in your roof decking due to clogged gutters or ice dams from winter storms. 

 

 In Conclusion-

Your roof is such a large and expensive structural system that it is important it is working correctly.

Your home and your bank account will appreciate the preventative care that frequent roof inspections provide. 

Many roofing companies offer free inspections and estimates- so in reality there’s no reason why you shouldn’t get one every year. 

 

Do you need an inspection?  We offer free inspections! 

Contact us at 360-652-4300 or fill out the contact box and we will contact you!   

 

 

 

One Response

  1. Could not agree with you more! Winter definitely creates havoc on our roof, so timely inspection and identification of problems early on is a must to be able to quickly repair them at a lower cost.

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