Fall Roofing Inspection Overview
When we’re moving into the last few months of the year, make sure to take the time to schedule a fall roof inspection. The autumn months can be busy with back to school, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and then Christmas shopping. But even though it might be hectic, it’s also the best time to have your roof inspected. You want to make sure that your home will be safe during any winter storms that may come your way. Read on to learn more.
Smart Tips For Preparing Roof for Fall
Having your roof inspected annually is very important. Plus, it will save you money. When you stay on top of any needed maintenance, you save money because in most cases you can avoid emergency calls. There are several things you can do yourself before you have an inspection. Doing these things will make your inspection as efficient and comprehensive as possible.
Trim Trees – Who doesn’t love autumn leaves? Well, maybe falling leaves aren’t your favorite thing when you’re raking for hours; but, the changing colors of the leaves bring back fond memories for many. And the change of the seasons brings hope for a brighter future.
To get started, take a walk around your property. Notice any trees near your house that have dead branches or limbs that are damaged or hanging too low. Those will need to be removed before the storm season. Getting rid of dead limbs especially if they hang over your house protects your roof during heavy rains, high winds, and big snowstorms.
Clean out your gutters – speaking of leaves, ensure your gutters are clean so that water will run through them and away from your roof. Make a note of any gutters that need repair. Sometimes it’s as easy as caulking a seam, sanding some rust off, attaching the gutter more securely, or even putting on a new coat of paint.
And if you find yourself spending too much time cleaning out your gutters, ask us about our time-saving Gutter Guards. With Gutter Guards, the water can flow through your gutters but the leaves and debris stay out. If you discover your gutters are beyond repair, ask us about gutter installation.
Look for Inside Leaks – Once you’re done inspecting the exterior of your home, take a look at every ceiling in your house and garage. Look for any water stains or drywall tape coming off. You might be surprised to find some damage that you didn’t know was there. In your garage, look at the ceiling for water stains and also the floor for any standing water or stains.
Make Notes of Any Concerns – Now that you’ve inspected the exterior and interior of your home make a list of anything you’ve found that you want to make sure is addressed during your inspection. Doing the above makes you well prepared for your inspection. And if there was anything you weren’t able to do yourself like check the gutters, just let us know and we can do that.
Contact AmeriPro For a Comprehensive Inspection
Making sure you have a licensed and experienced roofing contractor to inspect your roof is vitally important. In fact, it can make a difference in the future if you ever have an insurance claim. You never want an unlicensed handyman doing roof work because your insurance might not cover future roof damage. Contact us to schedule an appointment time that’s convenient for you.
When AmeriPro inspects your roof we look for:
- Any current damage including missing or torn shingles
- Damage from past storms and high winds
- Shingles that are deteriorating
- Missing caulking around roof vents and pipes
- Flashing that’s missing, damaged, or rusted
- Missing, torn, or rotted rubber boots around roof pipes
- Wood damage, dry rot on roof or fascia
- Ventilation issues that can cause problems
- Chimney issues like cracks or missing caps
- Problems with gutters that are rusted, damaged, or not secured
As part of our inspection, we will also go into your attic to see if there are any current or past leaks. Getting water in your attic can cause mold, mildew, and damage insulation. We look for issues that will decrease the age of your roof and also could cause interior damage.
We’ll let you know if we find any drainage issues, past storm damage, and how many years your roof might last. If we find damage that needs to be repaired, we’ll also give you a free informative written estimate. Whether you just need a few small repairs done, or you decide it’s time for a new roof – we can help.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this information about the importance of a fall roofing inspection. Since 2000, AmeriPro Roofing has been helping keep families safe and dry. We service Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin. For more information about roof inspection and maintenance, contact us today.