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Tips for Spring Roof Maintenance

Posted on: March 23rd, 2018 by Lori Smith

Getting You Property Ready For A New Season

Spring has finally sprung and the warmth of the new season has melted most of the winter’s snow. It’s time to start doing a little work outdoors to get your yard and property ready for whatever comes next.

Tips for Spring Roof Maintenance

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Ice, snow, and wind are damaging to your property, from shingles blowing off to fallen trees to ice dams building up and causing leaks. It can also be devastating to your bank account when you have to make the repairs.

The cold weather is especially hard on your roof, so checking on your property to make sure it is in satisfactory condition and aesthetically looks good are all important factors for home and business owners.

Here are some spring roof maintenance tips to consider:

As the days grow longer and the weather warms up, it’s time to refocus on roofing maintenance to ensure that the winter elements haven’t caused any damage or issues that could compromise performance. In addition to inspecting both before and after every winter, it’s also crucial that the individual overseeing your roof’s inspection is trained and has experience identifying potential problems. If possible, call the same contractor that installed the roof as they’ll likely have the most in-depth understanding of your building’s intricacies.

See more here:  Spring Roof Maintenance Tips

Regular Inspections

A general inspection of your roof and gutter system in the spring will go a long way toward preventing any major issues. You’ll have to be ready to get up on a ladder to examine the area, so if you aren’t comfortable with doing this, call an experienced roofer in Denver to do the job for you.

Clearing the debris from the roof and gutters is a good start. If you have asphalt shingles and see a lot of the granules from the surface of the shingles in the gutter, that is a sign of some pretty good wear. If you have a metal roof, you need to watch for signs of rust.

On any roof, you also need to check for any algae or fungus growing, as this can not only look bad but can eventually damage the structure. This video offers more ways to keep an eye on your investment:

Attic Inspection

Checking on the inside of your home or commercial building for discoloration in the ceiling and walls can also indicate a leak. Because of this, the attic is another good place to inspect for leaks or mold.

Leaks in the roof can be caused by a number of factors such as missing shingles, small holes in the roof decking, or gaps in the metal flashing around chimneys and vent pipes. It’s not always easy to find the source of the leak, but left untreated it can lead to mold, which can be harmful to the building and the people.

This post discusses how to find a roof leak:

    1. Go into the attic with a flashlight, during or shortly after a heavy rain, being careful not to step through the ceiling. In the absence of rain, use a garden hose to thoroughly wet down the roof to create a manmade leak.
    2. Examine the roof decking and rafters in the attic above the spot where the ceiling is wet.

      Finding a Roof Leak

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    3. Follow any water stains or wet spots up the rafters or roof decking to their highest point.
    4. Measure down from the roof peak to the highest point of the leak and over from a gable end to the leak.
    5. When the roof is dry, go on the roof, and transfer the measurements to the roof, allowing for any overhang on the end of the roof.
    6. Examine the roofing closely for signs of the leak at the location you measured.
    7. If you can’t see the source of the leak, continue to look higher up on the roof, since water can run down behind the shingles before emerging in the attic decking or rafters.

Read more here:  Tips for locating hard-to-find roof leaks

Repairing or replacing your roof can be expensive. If you take the time to scrutinize your property a couple times a year, you will be able to identify roof maintenance opportunities that will help prevent costly repairs later.

Roof Inspections – How Often and How Much?

Posted on: August 19th, 2017 by Lori Smith

Understanding the Different Types of Roof Inspections

Along with regular maintenance, a roof inspection is key to safeguarding your investment. Whether you do your own inspections or have a professional do it for you, don’t put it off.

Roof inspections - how often and how much

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As a homeowner, you would be wise to only check your roof from a ladder. Leave the complete roof exam for a professional Denver roof inspector.

If you decide to check your own roof, a couple times a year is plenty unless you have a bad storm. Be sure to follow these safety precautions when using a ladder to check your roof and if you aren’t comfortable, find someone who is.

Here is a checklist for do-it-yourself types:

Roofing Inspection Checklist | Roof Inspection for DIYers | HouseLogic

Here’s what to look for:

  • Cracked caulk or rust spots on flashing.
  • Shingles that are buckling, curling, or blistering.
  • Missing or broken shingles.
  • Cracked and worn rubber boots around vent pipes.
  • Missing or damaged chimney cap. (OK, that’s technically not part of your roof, but since you’re looking anyway.)
  • Masses of moss and lichen, which could signal the roof is decaying underneath. Black algae stains are just cosmetic.

See the full post here: Roofing Inspection Checklist | Roof Inspection for DIYers | HouseLogic

There are a number of ways to have a professional survey your roof and the visual examination is the most common. If your roof can be accessed safely, a qualified roof inspector can take pictures and inspect the surface more thoroughly than automated equipment can.

Other methods are using an extended camera, core sampling, a thermal roof survey, and becoming more and more popular are drone inspections of your roof.

Another technique that requires fairly sophisticated equipment is electronic leak detection, as seen in this video:

Having your Denver roof inspected isn’t cheap. Some of the main costs when hiring a roof inspector are the services requested by the property owner or the buyer.

A typical roof inspection, besides the shingles, will include checking the condition of soffits and fascia, gutters and downspouts, rooftop vents and flashing.

Most inspectors charge a flat fee for their services, but additional fees can apply depending on the type of roof. Factors such as if the roof has a steep pitch, multiple levels, is larger than average, or is more than 50 years old will increase the price.

The information below is from Home Advisor:

Cost of hiring a roof inspector

Performing regular roof inspections can lower your overall repair and replacement costs by almost 50% and extend the life of your roof up to 25 years.

If you have asphalt, composite, or wooden shingles, you should schedule inspections every 3 years. Tile or clay roofs are more durable and only need to be surveyed every 5 years.

However, some sites will tell you to have it checked twice a year. It will partially depend on the age of your roof and the severity of weather in your area.