Springtime roofing inspections after winters damage
April 2021 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows
Winter is the harshest time of the year for you house. With the season bringing snow and hailstorms, you will be lucky if your roof survives with little to no damage. Here is how to check whether your roof needs to be repaired or replaced after the coldest season of the year.
Start from the inside:
If you followed our guidelines on how to prepare your roof for winter, then your house should have been completely sealed against water and moisture. But sometimes, even the sturdiest structure is no match for the power of nature. The first step is checking for winter damage is to look for telltale signs of water leakage.
Damp or wet spots on the floor and along the walls usually indicate a leak above or around the area, so be sure to thoroughly inspect your house for those. Also, examine your ceiling for discoloration or stains, tow clear indications that water has seeped in. Inspect for cracked plasters, as these may point to a leak inside your walls. And because new and small leaks usually do not show on the surface, it is always best to contact Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows to inspect for damage that you may miss.
Survey the roof’s exterior:
Your house may be free from leaks on the inside, but that does not mean your roof survived winter unscathed. Take a walk around your property and survey your roof from afar. Check whether the slopes are straight and even, and if the pockmarks or dents due to hail or other objects pelting your roof.
Also check for missing or cracked shingles, as a sudden thaw can lift shingles slightly. When exposed to high winds, they can be torn loose and fly off. Fortunately, some shingles do not have to be replaced – they just need to be pressed down and resealed. When you see the parts of your roof are missing or deformed, or if there are foreign objects like tree trucks or satellite dishes that need to be removed from the site, resist the urge to fix the problem yourself and call Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows to do the job instead.
Check your gutters:
Now is a good time to inspect your gutter and eaves, as winter may have brought problems with drainage. Be wary of ice just by your roof’s eaves and preventing water from flowing down the drain. Check for leaves, branches, and other objects that may have clogged your gutters, too. While you can remove small obstructions in the gutter to facilitate water flow, you should always leave ice dams to experts. Removing ice dams involves complicated procedures, and one misstep can further damage your roof.
Think you need repair or want a professional opinion about your roof’s health? Call us at 515-219-4847 or on our CONTACT PAGE to request an appointment from one of our trained professional inspectors.
Springtime roofing inspections after winters damageHRS-Admin2021-04-29T10:22:59-05:00
April 2021 by Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows
If you are planning to schedule your commercial roofing maintenance and repairs, there is no better to do it than spring. Storms, rainfall, hail, or snow from the previous season may have caused some damage to your roof. To keep everything in check, you may need to perform simple roof maintenance tasks like trimming trees, cleaning gutters, and scheduling a professional inspection to keep your roof spring-friendly.
Wash the Rooftop Surface Washing the rooftop surface will help prevent mold infestation caused by dirt accumulation. Simply use cleaning solutions and a commercial pressure washer to keep the surface sparkling clean.
Clean Your Gutters Your gutters may be blocked by mold, tree limbs, and leaves that prevent water from reaching the drains. This can lead to overflows and structural damage of your commercial roofs. As you prepare for Sprint, clean the gutters and make the flow streamline. Hiring a professional roof expert can help to access and clean areas of the gutters that you cannot reach. They will also check your gutters for cracks, rusts, or loose parts that need fixing.
Conduct a Moisture Survey Conducting a moisture survey with an infrared scan will help see what is happening under the roof membrane. The purpose of the survey is to detect changes in the roof’s materials due to heat retention, presence of water, or loss of heat through insulation. Since such problems are not visible with naked eyes, conducting a moisture survey at least once in five years is necessary.
Repair Leaks Your roof may have suffered wear and tear from the harsh winter weather. This could have resulted in leaking holes that bring water inside your commercial property. If not properly handled, such roof leaks could lead to further damage and expensive repairs. A professional roofing contractor will check roof membrane, downspouts, vents edges, caulking, and other roofing areas that may require leak repair.
Trim Trees Any overhanging branches or that touch the roof can cause damage by creating shaded and damp areas that encourage mold growth. Make sure you trip nearby trees on a regular basis to keep the roof clear.
Inspect the Roof After Bad Weather Severe weather like snow, hail, high winds, and torrential rainfalls can loosen your roof shingles or cause them to crack. Take time to inspect the roof after extreme weather conditions to identify any signs of damage and plan for any necessary repairs. Ice and snow build-up can damage the roof shingles. An inspection of the roof will help you replace the worn-out, damaged, broken, or curled shingles.
Schedule an Inspection As you prepare for summer, it is recommended to schedule an inspection with a professional roofing contractor. Heartland Roofing Siding and Windows is an experienced and professional roofing contractor in Des Moines, Iowa Area. When you schedule an inspection with us, we will examine every detail of your roof to detect any damages and repairs needed. We will particularly look at: