Germantown Roofing: Article About Summer Roof Inspection
During the fall season, the thought of approaching winter weather often triggers homeowners to consider the current condition of the roof of their home. A roofing inspection by a qualified Germantown roofing contractor can alleviate any concerns and give the homeowner peace of mind when the cold winds howl. It is important to note that a roof inspection prior to the summer months is equally beneficial in the local climate.
Spring rains can cause gutters and eaves to collect leaves and spring blooms creating barriers for water to flow away from the home. The spring growth of trees near the roof line can result in branches rubbing against the shingles causing wear and removing protective asphalt. Following the spring thunderstorm season, the roof should be carefully checked for rain or hail damage. Such storm damage can weaken the roof structure allowing water to penetrate the roof surface and breed mold during hot summer months.
Today's roofing products are made to withstand all types of weather. Older roofing materials, however, might not stand up as well. The hot summer sun beating down on shingles can cause them to warp, curl and crack. Excessive heat can impact the interior of the home as well. An inadequately ventilated attic can result in the internal air temperature rising to extreme levels. This results in increased growth of mold and mildew, and increased energy costs to cool the home.
The roofing experts at Seneca Creek Home Improvement of Germantown MD can assist you with any questions regarding roofing, gutters or windows.
Other common problems during summer months include insects entering the home through small holes in the roof surface and birds or rodents entering through larger holes in the roof or soffit. Some of these issues are not easily seen with the naked eye. A rooftop inspection is often necessary. Walking on the surface of the roof can cause damage to shingles. For safety and to maintain the integrity of the shingled surface, it is recommended that only trained professionals perform a rooftop inspection.
Regardless of the season, the first step to a worry free roof is a call to a qualified local roofing contractor for a thorough examination of the roof including the shingles, underlayment, soffits, eaves, attic space, ventilation system and guttering. Any potential problems will be identified and a solution recommended to address them allowing the structure to be adequately protected from the elements.
Replacing the entire roof can be expensive for the homeowner. By regularly maintaining the home, including all elements of the roof, the homeowner will save time and money and will increase the resale value of the property. If roof replacement is necessary, routine annual inspection and maintenance will protect the homeowner's investment and extend the effective life of the roof.