Roofing Inspections

Periodic roof inspections by a qualified roofing contractor, who is licensed and insured, is a wise investment that ultimately could prolong the life or your roof, as well as identify issues that could be quickly and economically repaired, before the roof fails and the interior of the home is damaged.  Roof failures are often the result of severe weather, poor roofing workmanship, the use of defective materials, specifying the wrong roofing materials, roof abuse, the failure to inspect the roof and the failure to perform timely preventative maintenance and ultimately age, as roofs have a limited lifespan.

Routine preventative maintenance is an excellent way to increase the lifespan of any roof.  The first step in preventative maintenance is to first have an experienced roofing contractor perform a visual inspection of the roof.  The roof inspector will determine the overall condition, note its current weaknesses and failures and identify current and future problem areas.  In addition, they will provide an estimate to make the necessary repairs and in many cases can make the repairs on the spot! Potential repairs could include such things as caulking, repair of valleys, correction of flashing issues and shingle replacement, where shingles have blown off or are otherwise missing.

The cost of the roof inspection, as well as the necessary repairs and preventative maintenance, is significantly less expensive than the cost associated with a total roof replacement.  In addition, without a periodic roof inspection, these small issues often go un-noticed and ultimately lead to larger and more expensive issues.  An example of this would be a small leak due to several nail holes in the shingle that allows water to come in contact with the roof sheathing.

Even if the water never makes it into the house damaging the drywall ceiling, it does cause rot on the roof sheathing and structural components of the roof over time.  The leak now has caused structural issues in the home, which are often very expensive to repair.  This scenario, which is quite common, could have been prevented with a periodic roof inspection that is quick, economical and is easy to schedule!

Posted on behalf of Ken Christie, CZE Roofing and Remodeling


Asphalt Shingle Roof Maintenance

Asphalt shingle roofs are by far the most common roofing material in use today.  Asphalt shingle roofs have a proven track record of providing excellent protection from the elements at a reasonable cost.  They are relatively easy to install and repair and require minimal maintenance.

Asphalt shingle roofs can last as long as 25 years, but many roofs fail long before then.  The most common reasons for roof failure are poor installation and lack of maintenance.  Asphalt shingle roofs are low maintenance, but to maximize their service life a little maintenance goes a long way. 

First, you should have your roof inspected at least once a year and twice a year would be better.  Most reputable local roofers offer free roof inspections so having your roof inspected should not be much of a burden.  You should also have your roof inspected after any severe weather event such as hail or high winds or if you make any changes to the roof such as installation of a satellite dish, solar panels, or skylights. 

Any loose, missing, cracked, or otherwise damages shingles should be repaired immediately.  Damaged shingles allow water intrusion that can cause serious damage to your roof and the inside of your home.  Be sure to use a reputable local roofing contractor for any roof repairs.

Keep your gutters and your roof clear of any leaves or other debris.  Leaves and other debris hold moisture that contribute to the growth of mold and mildew that can harm your roof.  Trim back any branches that hang out over your roof to minimize debris from falling on your roof.

Fall Roof Maintenance Tips

A properly installed asphalt shingle roof will give many years of good service.  Depending on the quality of the shingles installed and the climate, you should expect to an asphalt shingle roof to last about 15 to 20 years. 

Asphalt shingle roofs are low maintenance, but a little bit of simple roof maintenance will go a long way toward maximizing the useful life of your roof.  Fall is a good time to do a roof check-up to prepare the roof for the winter weather ahead.

Make sure you clear any accumulated leaves or other debris off the roof.  Left to accumulate, leaves trap moisture that can promote mold and mildew growth and can allow water to back up under your shingles and freeze.  Ice that forms under your shingles will cause them to heave and crack and provide an entry point for water.   When it rains in the spring, you will have a leaky roof to deal with!

Also make sure you do a thorough job of cleaning your gutters after all the leaves have fallen.  You don’t want any leaves or other debris left in the gutters over the winter.  Leaves and dirt accumulate moisture that can rot your eaves and promotes mold and mildew growth. 

If you notice an unusually large number of granules in your gutters, have a reputable local roofing contractor inspect your roof for hail damage.  The granules protect the roof from the sun’s harmful UV rays.  Excessive granule loss is one of the warning signs that you may need a new roof. 

Finally, trim back any low hanging branches.  Once they are heavy with snow and ice, they will drag on your roof and damage your shingles.