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ASSESSING WINTER DAMAGE

April 7, 2021  /  Home Care & Maintenance  /  Marti Reeder

SPRING IS THE PERFECT TIME TO INSPECT YOUR ROOF!

Can you believe that spring is officially here?

As is often the case in the Pacific Northwest, the arrival of spring can include warmer, sunny days – and days filled with rain or even hail!

Now that winter is officially over, it’s time to take a look around your home and see what damage winter may have wrought.

And the first place to start is at the top – your roof!

Inspecting your roof every several years is a really good idea, and spring or fall is the best time to take on this task.

Regular inspections of your roof by a professional allow you to discover small problems before they become expensive issues. While this is the case with anything related to your home, it’s especially important when it comes to your roof.

You can expect your roof inspector to review the following:

  • The overall appearance of the roof
  • Areas where water typically collects on the roof (the roof valleys)
  • The presence of moss or other growth
  • Whether there are missing or damaged shingles
  • Any evidence of leaks into the home
  • The condition of the gutters, drains, vents, and skylights
  • Whether the chimneys are in good condition, or if there is missing or damaged flashing

While much of the review will occur on the roof itself, you should also expect your inspector to enter your attic. While there, he or she will be checking that the area is properly insulated and ventilated – and they will check for signs of moisture and mold.

Different roofing materials may require a specialized roof inspector. While the majority of roofs in the Pacific Northwest are “composition” roofs, we also have tile roofs, cedar shake roofs, and roofs with polymer coatings – as well as others. If you do have one of these types of roofs, be sure your roofing inspector is familiar with your roof type.

And don’t forget to ensure your inspector is licensed and bonded. We recommend you ask for written proof of both.

Because many homeowners put off roof repairs until the spring and summer, we suggest you book your appointment today to get your roof inspected. Need the name of a reliable roof inspector? Just let us know! We work with some of the best in the business.

As always, we hope you’ll reach out with your questions. We’d love to hear from you!

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Marti Reeder, Realtor, Managing Broker