It seems like this winter was even more brutal than the last, and the condition of your roof might provide the evidence. Below we’ll outline how you can determine if your roof was damaged this winter and show you how a metal roof could have prevented headaches.
Inspect for Damage
The National Roofing Contractors Association (http://www.nrca.net) suggests that homeowners inspect their roofs twice a year, during the spring and fall, to assess the roof’s condition and make necessary repairs. Here’s how to check for damage:
- Check on the inside: Before climbing on top of your roof, check the inside condition. Grab a flashlight and look for sagging in the roof deck, water damage, leaking, trails, dark spots, and outside light shining through.
- Check the outside: Once you’ve cleared the inside, head to the exterior and check for the following:
- Shingles: Check to make sure there are no missing shingles and make sure shingles aren’t torn, bald, or cracked.
- Vents: Be sure all vents from the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry areas exit the home completely and aren’t venting into the attic or other open space beneath the roof.
- Moisture: Check for wet spots, rot, and mold. Bacteria can grow within 1-2 days of a water-related issue, so moisture and leaks should be noted and fixed as soon as possible.
- Gutters: Make sure gutters are clear, in good condition, and securely attached. Blocked gutters or gutters hung improperly can cause foundation damage in the long term and should be kept clear to avoid damage.
- Granules: Check the downspouts of your gutters for residue and granules from your roof shingles. If you see granules, significant damage has occurred to your roof and you should seek repairs soon.
The Magic of Metal Roofs
Metal roofs are designed to shed snow quickly so they don’t incur the same damage that tile or shingle roofs may see as a result of long-present resting snow. With their interlocking design and slippery surfaces, metal roofs are nearly impervious to both rain and snow.
Metal is also suitable for gently pitched roofs and, when installed properly, there are no risks of leaks. While it is still important to make sure gutters are free of debris in order to avoid foundation damage, all of the above mentioned damage can be avoided with metal roofing.
To get a quote on metal roof installation or talk to an expert about any roofing questions you may have, contact the folks at Horch Roofing (http://horchroofing.com) by calling (207) 273-1111. We have staff with decades of experience so you can be served by the best of the best. We have received glowing testimonials from former clients who appreciate how we handled their property with care. We have experience with a wide variety of roofing, offer free estimates, and complete projects in a timely manner with our 3- to 5-day guarantee and 1-day expedited option. Give us a call today to get your free estimate and talk to the best in the business.