Have Your Roof Checked and Repaired After the Winter
If you live in a northern state, every winter your roof will get blasted with snow, wind, ice, and continual thaw and freeze conditions. All of this can result in hidden but sever damage to your roof. As a result you roof could then leak when heavy spring rains come. You should get your roof checked and get the recommend repairs done before your roof leaks and results in thousands of dollars’ worth of repairs that could have been prevented.
Older roofs are more vulnerable and require more checks and repairs. This is because the shingles have been broken down from years of abuse from mother nature. Even if your warranty still has years left you will need to get repairs done to get the longest live out of your roof. Most of the time roof repairs are mandatory.
Most repairs will focus on repairing loose shingles or replacing missing shingles that have resulted from the harsh winter winds. Shingles will become brittle in cold weather which can result in breakage when hit by high winds. Flashing repairs need to be done periodically also, these repairs will fix sealants, caulk, and exposed nails that be worn out over time. Major leaks could result if you do not get this repaired. The worst areas are around skylights, chimneys, and any place where shingles butt up to a wall. You will want to get these areas looked at before the rainy spring months.
A checkup for your roof will general cost between $200 and $500. It is a good idea to research and hire a respectable company or contractor that can provide you with references. You will want to check the references and make sure they are recent. If your home requires repairs, usually the price of the checkup will be tied into the repair cost. Be sure to ask in advance of the checkup so you are not hit with unexpected costs.
Be sure that the company looks at your home’s attic when they are doing the checkup. The underside of a roof tell the story of what is going on with your roof. Everything shows in the attic whether it is stains or rust from nails coming through, or wet insulation from leaks. Most of the time this is an accurate telling of what needs to be repaired.
Your spring tune up will also want to look at your eave troughs. Plugged drainage can result in water collecting in the eaves. This water will freeze and expand in the winter which will result in the eave troughs bending and being out of position.