April showers bring a lot more than May flowers, it could be a case of April showers bringing May leaks if you have an older roof or one in disrepair. A simple way to nip roof problems in the bud is to do twice a year inspections of your roof, the downspouts, the eavestroughs and the flashing. Making sure everything is secure in the fall and again in the spring could go a long way in keeping potentially large problems at bay, while allowing you to do small fixes that keep that roof looking and working well years down the line.
Doing a spring or fall maintenance check doesn’t take a lot of effort, in fact, experts suggest that you stay off of your roof completely to avoid falls. Instead, take a walk around your house and look up. Take note of anything that looks worn or out of the ordinary. Is a piece of flashing falling off? Is the downspout still connected to the eavestroughs? Are the shingles looking good, with no worn or flapping pieces? Does the roof seem secure? Next, walk across the street so you get a better view of the top of your roof and take note of any problems you may see, no matter how small they may seem.
The last part of a home roof inspection involves a bit of climbing, but not onto the roof. Instead you will want to get to the attic which is the first place you will notice water, leaks or mould. You should not be able to see daylight through your roof. If you can, even tiny pin prick sized holes can let moisture in and that’s not good for the roof, your attic, the air quality in your home or your insulation. Check for signs of water damage on the wood underlay of the roof and take note of any puddles or drips that you can see.
Taking a half hour out of your day to do twice a year roof maintenance may save you a lot of headaches down the line. Remember, if you need to get on your roof, call in the experts because they know how to stay safe, they know where to tread and where not to tread and they can tell you what you need to do to get that roof looking, and working, like new again.