After a particularly hard winter, you may worry that the harsh weather may have damaged your home's roof. If so, use the following tips to inspect your shingled roof in the early spring for signs of damage.
Remove Any Debris for Better Visualization
Before you start examining your roof, you will need to remove any debris that may have blown on there during the winter storms. Removing tree branches, leaves, and pine needles will help you fully visualize the roof so you can survey the scene.
Removing any debris that has landed on your roof also cleans the surface of anything that could cause further damage to your roof. If you leave the roof covered with leaves and pine needles, these will hold water and can cause deterioration of your shingles.
To clean your roof, wait for a calm, sunny day after the roof has fully dried to ensure your safety while performing the task. Use a push broom or your hands to get rid of the loose debris.
Then, set your garden hose on a medium setting, and rinse off any dirt or mud that has accumulated. Before you continue with your inspection, give the roof time to fully dry so you do not slip on the wet surface.
Check for Loose or Missing Shingles
After cleaning off your roof, the next thing you should do is check for loose or missing shingles that may have blown off during a winter storm. Also, check for any damaged or deteriorated shingles that could lead to leaks.
If you are comfortable walking around on your roof, carefully look around for any areas where you see bare wood or cracked shingles. While you are performing your inspection, also check for any nails that are sticking up above the surface, as these dislodged nails could indicate that the shingles have become loose.
However, if you are afraid of heights or feel uncomfortable walking on your roof, stand on a ladder at a height where you can survey the roof without walking around. Take note of anything that looks suspicious. Then, move the ladder around so you can see all sides of the roof.
While examining your roof, you may have found evidence of damage caused by the harsh winter. If so, contact a roofing company to have them send a professional to inspect your roof and discuss your options for repairing or replacing any damaged areas before they start leaking. For more information, contact companies like Newman Jerry Roofing & Remodeling Inc.