Diligent Roof Inspection And Maintenance Is An Integral Part Of Owning A Home

Customarily, the roof is the most non-descript part of a home or business. The property owner simply expects the roof to do its job – protect the occupants and their assets (the structure and contents). As a result, regular roof inspections is either sporadic at best or neglected entirely. Unfortunately, this type of complacency can lead to serious roof maintenance issues.

There are several reasons for diligence in terms of roof inspection and maintenance:

  • Deterioration over time from normal wear-and-tear
  • Potential damage caused by severe weather conditions
  • The building framework may expand or contract
  • The building foundation may shift after settling
  • Improper roof design and/or construction

It is important to detect any signs of damage, weakness, or aging as soon as possible to prevent major structural and safety issues moving forward – and to prevent significant costs and inconvenience.

When it comes to roof inspection and maintenance, be diligent, not complacent.

How Often Should You Conduct A Roof Inspection?

Minimally, you should conduct a roof inspection on an annual basis as a proactive or preventative measure. If you live in Toronto or Calgary, there can be severe weather conditions that should also prompt a follow-up or reactive inspection:

  • Severe thunderstorms
  • Extremely high winds
  • Ice storms
  • Hail storms
  • Extreme cold
  • Heat waves
  • Spring thaw

When conducting any roof inspection and maintenance activity, your personal safety should be your first priority. Keep in mind that you have the option of using professional roofing services for any preventative or follow-up inspections.

Here Is Your Roof Inspection Checklist

You may be aware of the idiom ‘an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’ – this expression basically means that it is better to try and avoid/prevent problems in the first place rather than trying to fix them after they arise.

To help prevent any potential issues with your roof before they arise, the following roof inspection checklist will be a handy guide:

  • Shingles – Do you see any broken, buckled, curled, or missing shingles?
  • Flashing – Is any flashing damaged, separated, or rusting?
  • Caulking – Does the caulking appear dried, cracked, or separated?
  • Valleys – Can you see any rusty metal or displaced shingles along the valley edges?
  • Leaks 1 – Are there any dark spots/areas of paint peeling on interior ceilings?
  • Leaks 2 – Are there exposed nails on the exterior of the roof?
  • Vent Pipes – Are the rubber fittings (boots) around pipe vents cracked or worn out?
  • Decay – Can you see or feel any patches of moss or fungus?
  • Drainage – Are downspouts and eaves/gutters attached well and working properly?
  • Aging – Are there heavy deposits of sand-like grit or granules in the eaves/gutters?

If the answer is ‘yes’ to any of the above questions, you may have identified a current or future roof maintenance issue. You should then take immediate action and contact a roofing service to address the problem(s) and potentially save hundreds or thousands of dollars in structural damage or home contents replacement in the future.

Are you looking for reputable roofing services in Toronto and Calgary? Call Triumph Roofing today at 416-534-8877 for all your roofing needs!

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