Manner people believe that one season is better than others for roofing trouble, but the reality is roofing problems can strike during any season. Each season has it's own unique challenges that can leave your roof the worse for wear. Here's why seasonal roofing inspections can be a great idea for proactively catching roofing troubles before they become larger issues.
Winter is a tough season for your roof. The weight of the snow can weaken asphalt shingles over several winters. If the snow slides off the roof, it takes with it some of the sandy granules from your shingles, which is one of the features that makes them so effective.
Also, roofs with poor gutters and attic insulation can develop ice dams, allowing moisture get to the roofing underlayment. If you're not the first owner of your house, somebody may have incorrectly installed Christmas lights, leaving holes in your exterior shingles. If your roof is flat and your drainage system gets clogged with ice, the water and snow can build up and overwhelm your flashing, causing interior leaks.
Sometimes, these issues happen without you noticing. A winter roofing inspection can help you catch these issues early so you don't have to deal with expensive repairs.
A spring roofing inspection is a great idea. Not only will your inspector be able to fully assess any damage left over from winter, but you can also find areas that have become home to animals during the seasonal change. For example, squirrels, mice, and birds like to enter the attic through gaps in eaves. You might not even realize you have a pest problem until you inspector finds a nest or entry points.
Heavy spring rains can also help point to areas where shingles are lose or weakened. A simple inspection will help you know where the damaged ones are so you can replace them.
When summer hits with heat, summer storms, and in some areas, humidity, you'll have new worries, including:
- moss. Moss can ruin your roof if you do not catch it in time. Have a roofer inspect your roof for moss if you life in a humid or coastal climate. Treating your shingles with copper or zinc flashing can help prevent future moss growth.
- hail damage. Hail storms are common in many areas of the United States. You should have your roof inspected after every hail storm. Hail stones can tear older shingles, remove the sandy coating, cause cracks, or even tear some shingles off. Hail damage can be hard to spot to the untrained eye, but if you leave it without repair, you'll be facing leaks and water damage a few months later.
- sun damage. Intense sunlight shortens the lifespan of a good roof. After your roof has aged a few years, a summer inspection can help you see if your shingles are starting to crack and shrink from exposure.
- wind storms. Wind tears metal roofing from its secure place. it can also blow asphalt shingles off the roof.
- Ventilation trouble. Without proper vents in the attic, your roof will have trapped moisture, which can cause mold and rot underneath the shingles. You might have this problem for years before you start to notice, and by then it will be a much bigger problem.
Fall is a time of reprieve for your roof, but you'll still need to be vigilant. You'll want to make sure the gutters are attached properly and that no leaves and sticks are left to sit under the snow during the winter months.
For more information, contact a company that provides roofing supplies and inspections.