No roof lasts forever as unpleasant as it may seem. Any roof will require general maintenance from time to time. Some roof types more than others, but not even metal roofs are resistant to the need for maintenance. The trick is to know the signs that a roof needs maintenance and keep it in top notch condition until it becomes a big issue.Learn more about us at Northwest Roof Maintenance Inc.
Stuff like these are things to know and look for when it comes to roof maintenance:
Look for large quantities of shingle gravel in the gutters around your roof: lots of gravel in the gutters can involve close inspection of the single surface itself to look for patches of little to no gravel cover on the shingles. If you see the asphalt through the gravel in more than one or two places, then it’s most likely time to repair the shingles
Popped or protruding nails: nails that can be seen or felt as a bump in the shingle under the overlap region are signs that ageing has occurred and that there is lost traction on the nails that stick to the shingles to the roof. This is another indication that an ageing roof needs repair.
Inspect for loose or damaged flashing around vent pipes and chimneys: Inspect carefully where they are caulked down around these apertures. Check for holes in the caulk or missing areas. Although this does not mean the need for a new roof, at least the caulking around these things may need to be replaced.
Look for gaps or possible gaps in the valleys: most roofs would either have shingles over valleys or probably tinned or copper-covered valleys. Valleys are a specific high wear point for a roof. This is where two or more parts of the roof intersect and drainage from the parts come together in a central location.
Check for Rotting at eves and over hangs: Check with anything like a flat bladed screwdriver for exposed painted materials. If the screwdriver can be pushed into the material more than about half an inch, early signs of rot can appear in the material. Heavy or extensive rotting should be noticeable to the eye or touch by the hands when applying pressure
From the inside out, examine the roof: Look with a flashlight into attics and crawl spaces. Look for places that are mouldy or display water staining signs. These are sure signs that the roof has a problem that needs to be addressed. Check also for sufficient air flow from the side soffit to the roof vents. When insulation is installed, soffit vents are sometimes covered up. These vents should be free of obstruction.