As the seasons change, so do the tasks we need to finish around the house. And nowhere is that more important than your roof. Whether winter is becoming spring or summer is fading into fall, you’ll want to look closely at your house to prevent seasonal roofing problems.
It’s important to spot little problems early to avoid major money down the road. Did you know the average cost to install a new roof in 2019 for a moderately sized home is $7,500? But, depending on the materials and the size of your home, a new roof can easily set you back $10,000 or more.
The ice and snow have melted, and warmer weather is upon us. This is the most important time to take a close look at your roof for any damage that may have developed over the winter.
Start by walking around the house and looking for any obvious issues. Heavy snow can bring down branches and tree limbs, so make sure nothing has fallen on to your roof. Fallen branches can poke holes in your roof. They can also trap snow, allow water to pool underneath and even scrape away the roof’s protective layer.
Inspect the trees and shrubs around your home to spot any problems that may be developing. Once the snow has melted, you can look for any signs of rot or decay. Do you see any dead branches that could drop on to your roof? Any large branches close to the house?
A good rule of thumb is to make sure there’s a 10-foot radius around your roof that’s clear of trees or overhanging branches.
While you can spot a lot of problems from the ground, the most effective way to inspect your roof is from a ladder. Just be careful when you do this, and make sure someone else is home in case you need help.
If you’re feeling really fancy, you could even fly a drone over your roof to see the whole picture.
Check for any signs of missing or damaged shingles. You want to make sure no water can get into your home. Shingles that are buckling probably need to be replaced, because they could allow water to seep in.
Take a look at the area around the chimney and ventilation pipes for damage.
Remember to inspect the gutters all the way around your home. You’ll want to clean out leaves, branches, and dirt, so they can effectively drain water away from your home. Also, look inside the gutters for granules that may have washed away from the shingles. That’s a pretty good indication your shingles are starting to wear out.
Fall is a great time to conduct another visual inspection of your roof before the snow and ice arrive. If you live in an area that’s prone to thunderstorms and hail, you’ll want to pay close attention to the shingles.
Hail strikes can damage the shingles and allow both light and moisture in. Even if the shingle isn’t broken, a crack or ding can still let water in. That’s a sure-fire way for mold and mildew to develop.
Clean out the gutters again to make sure they’re clear of all those leaves that fall, well, in the fall.
Fixing Seasonal Roofing Problems
As with most repairs, it’s less expensive to fix than replace. As a rule, minor repairs to your roof can run from $100 to $1000. You can attempt to make the repairs yourself, but you should consider having a professional inspection done first. This is especially important if you know you have a leak.
If you want your insurance company to cover the cost, make sure you document everything. Take pictures of the damage on the roof and of anything that may be affected inside.
Wrapping It Up
We’ve talked about seasonal roofing problems from the outside, but you’ll also want to inspect things from the inside. Specifically, climb into the attic and make sure it’s insulated properly. Condensation can build up, and that can cause damage to the roof and set you up for a mold problem inside.
We’re happy to answer any questions you have about your roof. Please contact us for answers and to schedule an inspection.