Thursday 21 April 2016

Spring Has Sprung

Posted by at 10:25 AM


Now is the time to start assessing your house to see how well it weathered the winter, and you should probably start with your faithful pal up top: the roof. Hopefully your roof kept you snug and warm this winter, with no leaks, missing shingles, and other problems. Now that some of the worst weather is over, it's time to show your roof how much you appreciate it by calling S&L Exteriors to give it some spring maintenance, and taking a look to see if there's anything you should be doing, too.

Why do a checkup to see what's happening on the roof? Because if you catch a problem now, you can address it before it gets a lot worse, and that's important. Roofing problems can get extremely expensive if they're allowed to run rampant.

Start on the ground. Take a look at the roof and walk around to look at the gutters. Do you see loose or missing shingles? Gutters that have partially collapsed, or look clogged? Water stains that indicate gutters are overflowing? How about a sagging roofline, or flashing that appears to have moved out of place? Check for debris, too, because accumulations of leaves and other materials can become festering points for pooling water, snow, and ice. Mold, moss, and algae are also bad signs on your roof.

When a professional roofing contractor is inspecting your roof he or she will be looking for any damage close up, such as missing, cracked, or otherwise damaged shingles. They will look carefully around any pipes and chimneys, checking the mortar, paying close attention to crumbling mortar and missing or damaged bricks. Making sure their flashing is securely fashioned and check for signs of leaks. You may not have noticed them indoors yet, but they could be causing problems with the structure of your roof, and they'll be a big problem later

At this time is also great to ask the contractor to inspect your gutters making sure to check that they are securely fastened to the eaves and to each other. If they notice holes, cracks, and other signs of wear in your gutters, replacing the damaged lengths (or the whole system if it's too far gone) will ensure that your drainage is in prime condition. Poor gutters can lead to pooling water around your foundation, which is a recipe for disaster.