Winter has come and gone, but the troubles with your roof don’t go away with the season. Inspecting the roof on the first clear day of spring is one of the first things you should do. But it shouldn’t be the only thing on your list either.
Spring carries its own list of threats against your home, and like in the season before, preparedness is the key to surviving the worst nature can throw. First, when you’re doing the routine roof inspection, don’t settle for a simple scan. Spring rains can come in hard; especially during earlier months when all the leftover ice particles left in the clouds start to melt.
Leaks occur more often than you might realize, and create damage for years without anyone noticing. During winter, snowflakes can melt and occupy the spaces between shingles and tiles. Thanks to the sudden frost spikes, these droplets can refreeze and expand. These re-frozen droplets stretch out your roofs tiles and shingles creating minute holes in the hardest to inspect areas.
Trouble Waiting to Happen
The problem doesn’t stop there though; when the spring rains come, they’ll definitely find their way into those leaks. But it may not be immediately apparent; some leaks may lead water into walls, where the wooden frames absorb it. Any builder worth his salt will tell you that that’s a bad thing, water will slowly but surely erode the strength of those frames, creating an unstable structure. Again, this can go on for years without anyone being the wiser.
The More You Know
In order to combat this water damage espionage against your home, there are a few things people should have. First, knowledge, the biggest weapon spring rainwater damage has is that nobody knows that it’s happening, now you know (you’re welcome).
The second thing homeowners need is a grid of the roof. Most builders and contractors employ a system whenever they do roof inspections. Some prefer looking at joints and then moving outward, while others would rather start from one side of the roof and then slowly work towards the other end.
These two systems have one thing in common, and that’s a grid of the roof. Dividing the roof into equal sections allows contractors to track the areas they’ve already inspected. It’s an organized system that makes inspections both efficient and thorough.
If you want to implement the grid system in your home, why not give us a call. Our friendly contractors and builders will be more than happy to give you extra tips to keep your roof safe and reliable.