Even if you don’t drive your car every day, you can probably tell when it needs a tune-up. It may start sluggishly, idle and accelerate roughly and stall at stoplights.
There’s only so long you can postpone the inevitable: a trip to your favorite mechanic to get a tune-up. Car problems never get better or go away on their own. In fact, they usually get worse.
It’s much the same way with your roof. It needs prompt attention so a small repair doesn’t develop into a major one. Unless you have a roof leak, it can be difficult to tell if you need a roof tune-up without actively looking for signs of damage or disrepair. This is an exercise the National Roofing Contractors Association recommends homeowners undertake twice a year.
Focus on three elements
Ensure your safety by surveying your roof from the ground level (with a pair of binoculars) or from a second-story window. No matter how sure-footed you think you may be, do not climb a ladder and walk on the unfamiliar terrain of your roof. Do your best to conduct a visual inspection and then call Riverside’s most trusted roofing company to perform a comprehensive inspection if you find something amiss.
Focus your attention on three key roof components: the flashings (the steel or metal weatherproofing pieces), the shingles and the gutters:
- Look for bent, damaged or missing flashings near the chimney, pipes, dormer windows, skylights, and other openings. The flashings should be smooth and fully intact. They should not be curled, cracked or dotted with rust – all of which signifies decay. Many water seepage problems can be directly traced to problems with the flashings.
- Be alert for missing shingles or cracked, curled, buckled or broken shingles, which also could lead to water seepage. Look for traces of moss, which can be a sign of poor water drainage.
- Peek inside the gutters for a buildup of shingle granules (or grit). Shingles tend to deteriorate steadily toward the end of their lifespan. A buildup can interfere with water drainage. Without proper drainage from your gutters, water can pool on your roof and eventually find its way indoors.
If you find something that looks troubling or suspicious, call Go Roof Tune Up without delay to make an appointment for a roof inspection. Just as a car mechanic restores your car to full functionality with a tune-up, so too can we restore your roof to the full degree of protection and safety it was designed to provide – without delay.