When talking about roof repairs and inspections, many people tend to do so prior to winter. After all, winters in Schaumburg and the rest of Illinois can be taxing on a roofing system. What many people do not realize is that summer weather can also be harsh on roofs due to longer and more intense exposure to the heat and sun.
Ideally, you should inspect your roof twice a year: before summer and before winter. In other words, now is the best time to check your roof for any signs of damage. The last thing you want to happen is your roof giving way in the middle of summer because the heat and sun made a small problem worse. With that in mind, here are a few things you should do and be on the lookout for:
Check the Age of Your Roof
Dig up the documents pertaining to the construction of your home and check what year your current roof was installed and what type of shingles were placed. If you have asphalt shingles, your roof is expected to have a service life of 20 to 30 years. If your current roof is nearing the 20 years old mark, you may want to have trusted roofing contractors, such as Muller Exteriors, Inc., check the condition of your shingles. Shingles nearing the end of their service life are far more prone to damage.
Check the condition of Your Shingles
Even if the age of your roof is not an issue, you should still check the condition of your shingles. For safety reasons, grab a pair of binoculars and survey the condition of your shingles from the ground. Be on the lookout for cracked and curled shingles as these areas will allow water from summer storms to seep into your home.
Check the Condition of Your Attic
Unfortunately, the view from the ground can be obstructed due to the design of your roof. This is why you should also head to your attic to look for any signs of water damage. Dark splotches, musky smells, and a sagging roof deck are some indications that your roof is allowing water to seep into your home.
If you find something wrong with your roof, do not delay having the necessary roofing repairs done. Professional roofers can help you make sure you current roofing system continues its job of protecting your home from the elements.
8 Warning Signs That Your Roof Is Shot, goodhousekeeping.com
Key Danger Signals of a Failing Roof, gaf.com