This blog was originally published on April 9, 2018, but was updated in March of 2022.
Spring is an important time to inspect your roof for any damage that may have been caused over the winter months. Performing such an inspection will alert you to the need for roof repair before you develop costly and damaging roof leaks. The Edmonton and Calgary roofers at A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP. have created a checklist of all the areas to pay attention to when performing a roof inspection.
The first signs of roofing trouble will often show up in the shingles. Any rot or mold growth may signify a moisture problem. You should also look for shingles that are curled, blistered, split, loose, or missing, particularly at the hip line or ridge. Broken shingles need to be replaced by roofers in order to prevent roof leaks.
On top of cleaning your gutter to clear out winter debris and get them ready for spring and summer rains, you should check them for any signs of damage. If water cannot properly drain away from your roof, walls, or foundation, then you can easily end up with leaks and basement flooding.
Another roof component which may have sustained damage over the winter is the flashing around chimneys, pipes, vents, and other roof penetrations. Check for missing caulk around flashing, corrosion on the flashing, and missing flashing. Damaged or missing flashing will allow water easier access into your home and needs to be repaired.
Edmonton roofing contractors also recommend that you check any chimneys on your roof for cracks in the mortar, rusting over the chase covers, and deteriorating concrete crowns. Your chimneys should be sitting straight and should be free of any moss growth as well.
Step back and take in a comprehensive view to look for any signs of major structural damage on your roof. Pay special attention to your roof line and to any areas which appear to be sagging.
Once you’re done inspecting your roof from the outside, an attic inspection will let you know if anything is going on from the inside. Look for any signs of water infiltration such as mold or wet spots, and check between the rafters for signs of sagging decking. If there is any sunlight coming into your attic, then means your roof may have tiny holes or cracks in it.
Residential Roofing and Roof Repair in Edmonton and Calgary
If the past winter seems to have left your roof a little worse for wear, then the our roofing contractors at A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP. are here to help. We provide roof replacement for old and damaged residential roofs, as well as roof repair in Edmonton and Calgary for roofs that just need some maintenance.
As one of the most trusted roofing companies, A. Clark Roofing & Siding LP. will make sure that your roof is ready for the coming spring and summer. To find out more about our comprehensive roofing services, don’t hesitate to contact us today.