5 Things to Inspect Your Roof for

By Johan | March 4, 2018 | Roofing

Your roof prevents water from getting into your home and causing damage. In order to prevent this, it’s important that you have a roofer come in for regular maintenance and quickly repair any issues you notice.

1. Clean Gutters

Clean gutters seem like a strange thing to check for but they’re actually incredibly important in maintaining the integrity of your roof. Excessive debris buildup, especially leaves after autumn, can cause your gutters to back up. This leaves the water nowhere to drain, meaning that the water is backed up possibly under your shingles. Once there, it can cause extensive water damage beneath the shingles. Additionally, it can cause mildew to form and even shingles to curl, which make them ineffective in protecting your home from the elements. In the winter, unclean gutters can also cause ice dams, which can damage your roof and the structures inside your home. Gutter clean out is one of the most important things that a roofer Toronto can inspect for.

2. Shingle Integrity

Individual shingles can sometimes break, curl, or ruin, especially during inclement weather. Missing shingles can also be a result of sitting water. Without the shingles, your roof is exposed and water can get inside and damage the interior of your home.
Over time, shingles can also dry out. Exposure to the sun leads shingles to drying and cracking, which then exposes the roof to other weather.

3. Moss or Algae Growth

A roofer can also get a better look at why moss or algae is forming on your roof. Algae typically forms when there is excess moisture on a roof’s surface. Areas that are humid typically are at risk for algae growth. Algae not only causes cosmetic problems but also can cause your roof to rot. Additionally, algae can indicate that your roof has an issue retaining moisture, which means that there might not be proper drainage happening. Eventually, this can lead to a water leak.

4. Missing Flashing

Flashing is waterproof material that keeps water from getting in. When it rains and water runs over your roof, it is also running over any cracks and gaps, which are filled with flashing. This flashing allows the water to continue safely on its path without getting into your roof or interior. If flashing gets damaged or goes missing, it needs to be replaced. Otherwise, water can get into your home and cause damage. What’s scary is that sometimes homeowners might not even notice a leak immediately. Leaking might first be found in the attic of your home. If left to sit, the water can cause rot and damage the structural integrity of your house. Even worse, it can cause a fire if it gets into your electrical system or damages wires running through your attic.

5. Cracks or Gaps

Of course, if flashing is needed to cover cracks and gaps, those need to be identified. Roofers can see where your roof has been damaged and suggest the appropriate course of action. Cracks or gaps can be caused by weather. Depending on the temperature, certain materials in your home expand or contract in the heat or cold. When this happens, your roof is subject to cracks and gaps. Leaks, mildew, and other problems can arise from cracks and gaps so it’s important to repair them as soon as they’re noticed.