There are two times you should venture on your roof and check for cracks, leaks, broken shingles, and more. The first is spring after the snow has melted. Ice can make previous cracks and damage worse, from ice dams to leaky roofs. Plus, a leak or a crack can lead to hazardous mold in your house – and unwanted guests like bugs, rodents, and other pests.
The second time is around now. It’s fall. The weather is cooling, so it’s your last chance to climb up and inspect it for damage before it starts to snow. Here are the ins and outs of inspecting your roof for fall
Before you climb
There can be some obvious signs that your roof has a problem before you even climb the ladder. Ceiling leaks, drafts in your attic, and visible, severe damage to your roof are all signs that a roof repair or replacement is imminent.
Also remember roof safety: Make sure you have the proper equipment before venturing on your roof, wear sturdy shoes, and have a spotter on the ground in case anything goes amiss!
What to look for
If you’re climbing up your roof to do an inspection before winter, comb your roof for small problems. Any busted shingles, loose gutters or gutter aprons, and cracks or dents need to be patched up. Similarly, any sagging needs to be addressed, especially since sagging roofs are where ice dams are most likely to grow.
Call a roof inspector who can steer you towards what to do ASAP. You can patch the damage yourself, but you run the risk of doing it incorrectly if you’re inexperienced. Ensure your home stays draft-free and take care of any issues before they become a big problem.