In order to keep a roof performing at its best and to extend its lifespan, professionals recommend a roof inspection after any major storm involving severe wind, ice, heavy rain or hail. They also recommend a routine inspection twice per year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Most Fort Worth roofing contractors agree that every roof needs a good spring cleaning and check up.
After a season of cooler temperatures, spring can unveil some roof problems as the weather warms up. If debris or ice has been left to accumulate in the gutters of a home, melting water that is unable to flow into the gutters and down the downspouts can seep under the roof's flashing. Once it has penetrated the flashing, it has the potential to get into not only the roof's shingles, but also the tiles, ceilings and the walls. Major water damage can result in all of these areas, creating a necessity for expensive repairs.
Even if a winter season is unusually warm, a home's roof still needs an inspection and potential cleaning and repairs. Drastic temperature changes between the day and night hours can cause quick and frequent expansion and contraction of roofing materials. Over time, this action can stress the roof membranes and metal pieces.
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It is better to catch any of these problems before the spring rains come and leave unexpected and unwelcome surprises in their wake.
Roof inspections will save homeowners time, hassle and money. Taking care of any problems before they grow into bigger problems and cause more damage is the best way to save money and preserve a home. During an inspection, all drains, scuppers and gutters should be cleaned. Drain clamping rings should be checked and tightened, as they have a tendency to become loose during freeze thaw cycles. The collector heads should be inspected to make sure the joints have not suffered any damage, and the scuppers should be assessed for good seals on the membrane.
A roof inspection deals mostly with the exterior of the home and the roof. However, some assessments should be done on the interior as well. During a roof inspection, some areas of the home's interior should also be inspected. This includes inspecting all ceilings to look for brown or yellow staining and checking the insulation in the attic for any signs of moisture. Both of the symptoms could alert the homeowner and contractor to a problem with the integrity of the roof.