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Check Your Roof and Eaves

March 18th, 2015 3:10 PM by Eileen Denhard


Out of sight, out of mind. That's the way it is with most roofs. The only time that most of us pay attention is when water starts dripping through the ceiling.

WHAT     Check your roof and eaves.
WHEN     Spring & Fall
WHY        Winter can be hard on your roof. Cold temperatures make the materials brittle. High winds in the spring can blow shingles off or blow down branches that can damage the roof.
During summer, heavy rains and high winds from thunderstorms can damage your roof, but the biggest summertime culprit is sunlight!

A sloped roof can be viewed from the ground with binoculars, but the only way to check a flat roof is to walk on it. Check for ladder safety from additional sources.

Tar and gravel roofs (also known as built-up roof membranes) deteriorate quickly when the gravel is missing. Walk the entire roof surface looking for bare spots, blisters and soft or spongy spots. They also don't like water sitting on them. Flat roofs should never really be flat. They should slope slightly to drain well.


Shingle roofs -- look for missing, worn or damaged shingles. Pay particular attention to areas where water run-off gets concentrated, such as valleys and areas beside and below dormers.


Asphalt singles -- look for curling shingles, shingles with missing granular material, and shingles missing altogether.



Sunlight is the biggest enemy of asphalt-based roofing systems. The gravel on a tar and gravel roof is there to reflect sunlight. So is the granular material on an asphalt shingle roof. Therefore, pay particular attention to the south side of the roof - it gets the most sun.

While you have the binoculars out, look carefully at the eaves for evidence of rot or vermin infestation. It doesn't take a very big hole to allow raccoons or squirrels into the attic. 
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Posted by Eileen Denhard on March 18th, 2015 3:10 PM



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