Winter can take a heavy toll on your roof, with the snow, ice, and freezing temperatures causing significant damage if left unchecked. This is especially true for families in Handler homes. Delaware gets a true winter that can really test the strength of your roof. That's why it's essential to inspect your roof after winter to identify any potential issues and address them promptly before they turn into more significant problems. Here is where to start.
Before you start inspecting your roof, ensure that you take all necessary safety precautions. Wear appropriate footwear with good traction, use a sturdy ladder that's securely positioned, and avoid inspecting your roof during rainy or windy weather.
Look for Damage
Check your roof for any visible signs of damage such as missing, cracked, or broken shingles, or any loose or damaged flashing around the chimney, vents, or skylights. Look for any signs of water damage, such as water stains on your ceiling or walls, or any signs of mold or mildew growth.
Check for Debris
After winter, there's a good chance that debris such as leaves, twigs, or branches may have accumulated on your roof, blocking gutters or downspouts. Check for any debris like this and clear it away to ensure proper drainage of rainwater from your roof.
Inspect Gutters and Downspouts
Your gutters and downspouts play a critical role in keeping your roof and home protected from water damage. Inspect them for any signs of damage such as cracks, leaks, or rust, and ensure that they're securely fastened to your roof and the ground.
Look for Signs of Pests
Winter can be a time when pests such as rodents or birds may seek refuge in your home's attic or roof. Look for any signs of pest infestation such as droppings or gnawed wood, and address the issue promptly to avoid any further damage.
Hire a Professional
If you're not comfortable inspecting your roof or if you notice any significant damage or issues, it's always a good idea to hire a professional roofing contractor. A professional can provide a more thorough inspection and ensure that any necessary repairs are made promptly.
The Handler team wants to help families keep their homes in good repair. By following these tips and taking appropriate safety precautions, you can ensure that your roof and home remain protected and secure throughout the year.
By Handler Homes 3-23-2023