Homeowners should perform a roof inspection at least twice a year: once in the fall in preparation for winter and once in the spring in preparation for spring and summer rains. While most homeowners know to check the condition of their shingles, it can be easy to overlook chimneys, roof vents, and the flashing around these external protrusions. The Edmonton roofers at A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP. encourage homeowners to inspect these roof features as well.
Let’s take a look at why vents and chimneys, and especially the flashing around them, should be a part of your roof inspection.
The Importance of Proper Flashing
Flashing is placed around roof protrusions such as vents and chimneys in order to seal the area around them. Roof protrusions essentially come up through a hole in the roof, creating the opportunity for water penetrations. Flashing is installed between the roofing material and the roof deck, sealing the gap and encouraging water to continue heading down the roof rather than into the hole created by the roof protrusion.
Flashing can sustain damage and rust over time, which impedes its ability to do a proper job. If it was not correctly installed in the first place, it can sustain damage or warp out of shape even faster. Missing or damaged flashing requires professional roof repair in Edmonton.
Other Signs to Look Out For
On top of the flashing around your chimneys and vents, you should inspect the chimneys and vents themselves. Here are some of the signs that Edmonton roofing companies look out for when inspecting and repairing a roof.
Inspect the vents for any signs of damage, rust, rot, or missing components. You’ll especially want to note if the rubber boots around your vent pipes are cracked or worn due to age. Hail commonly damages vents as well, causing dents and dings.
When inspecting the masonry of your chimneys, look out for any bricks that are damaged, cracked, or missing entirely. Missing mortar is a cause for concern as well, as it allows for easy water infiltration.
Chimney crowns are a cement or concrete layer commonly found at the top of larger chimneys. A damaged crown can create significant problems, as it will allow moisture to seep right into the chimney itself.
A chimney cap is a cover that protects the chimney from rain as well as from debris. A damaged or missing chimney cap can lead to water damage and chimney blockages.
Roof Maintenance and Roof Repair in Edmonton
If your spring or fall roof inspection reveals problems with your chimneys, vents, and flashing, then you can turn to the Edmonton and Sherwood Park roofing contractors at A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP. We provide roof maintenance and roof repair services in Edmonton to help prevent damaging and costly roof leaks.
Don’t wait until your roof is beyond repair or until water finds its way into your home – contact the Edmonton roofers at A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP. at the first sign of trouble.