The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that homeowners do a roof checkup every spring and autumn to identify possible issues early and prevent exacerbated damage. And while, “NRCA recommends you hire a professional roofing contractor to assist you with checking your roof, the NRCA realizes many homeowners prefer to perform an initial inspection themselves.”
We agree, and recommend at least a yearly roof inspection. If you would rather perform the other bi-annual roof checkup yourself then here are a few recommendations from NRCA:
Inspect And Clean Out Gutters Using Proper Ladder Safety
The NRCA recommends the following ladder safety procedures:
1. Place the ladder on solid, level ground.
2. Secure the ladder at the top to prevent it from slipping.
3. Inspect the ladder, rungs and rails for damage.
4. Extend the ladder at least 3 feet beyond the gutter, and angle it 1 foot back from the house for every 4 feet in eave height.
5. Always use both hands when climbing the ladder.
Once your ladder is secure, clean out the gutters according to our recommendations in our “How To Clean You Gutters” blog post.
While Up On Your Ladder, Take a Look Around
NRCA recommends looking for the following warning signs:
1. Shingles that are buckling, curling or blistering; this indicates the end of the shingles’ life expectancy.
2. Loose material or wear around chimneys, pipes and other penetrations.
3. Excessive amounts of shingle granules in your gutters; granules give shingles added weight and protect them from ultraviolet rays.
Keep a record of when you perform your roof checkup and what you observed. These records will come in handy if you should need to hire a roofing contractor for repairs at some point. And, of course, Sherriff-Goslin always offers free roof inspections if you would rather just sit back and relax.
This winter has been hard for us, hard for our children and pets, and hard for our homes. Freezing temperatures along with ice and snow have exposed and created weaknesses in roofs across the Midwest.
As Tom Bollnow, senior director of technical services for the National Roofing Contractors Association, said, “Roofing contractors are expecting an uptick in business as the weather warms up and people start to notice problems. Often, damage from winter storms is found around pipes, skylights and chimneys — any part that penetrates the roof. Ice and snow can easily build up around these, melting during the daytime and freezing at night. These constant freeze-thaw cycles can cause damage to the roof materials and the accessory materials.”
As the weather warms, and snow is beginning to melt permanently, many homeowners have noticed that their roofs have sprung leaks. As spring progresses, we are getting more and more phone calls.
Book Roofing Appointments Early
Summer is always the busiest time for roofers, and this year will bring even more volume. If you have noticed a leak or visible damage to your roofing shingles, then you should call to book a roofing appointment right away. During times of high demand, it can get very difficult to see everyone in a timely manner.
Even if you haven’t noticed visible damage, call for a roof inspection. Tough winters can leave invisible damage that will be exploited at the first thunderstorm. Once the leak has sprung, it will need to be fixed as soon as possible to avoid further damage to both the interior and exterior of your home.
Do Business With An Established Contractor
During times of high volume, fly-by-night contractors come to town in droves. Always be cautious of unsolicited offers to inspect or repair your roof. Even though you might be feeling the time crunch, make sure to thoroughly vet your roofing contractor as you normally would. (link to how to choose a roofing contractor blog) Also, avoid the temptation to fix large damage your self. As Mr. Bollnow said, “Some people are capable, and they do some of their own checking on the exterior of their home. But we don’t encourage homeowners to go up on their roof.”
For additional questions and scheduling options, contact your local Sherriff-Goslin branch manager. They stand ready and waiting to help.
I think most of us are glad to see the end of our harsh winter(hopefully) and the arrival of nicer weather(we’re skeptical). It’s the season for new beginnings, which is why spring cleaning happens nationwide. Here is a handy checklist of easy-to-miss parts of your home that need attention during your spring cleaning as well.
Dust From Ceiling to Floor
Make sure to get all of the dust bunnies from the top of the room to the bottom. Don’t forget ceiling fans, window casings, high cabinets, etc. Take all of the objects off your shelfs and dust both the shelves and the objects. Wipe down objects with a soft cloth. Make sure to vacuum up the dust as you go. Dust provides food to dust mites and can house harmful microbes, so eliminating most of your dust can be good for your health as well as your home. Vacuum again an hour or so after dusting to catch the dust that settles.
Clean Walls and Ceilings
Your walls and ceilings can collect dust, dirt, and grime. Use a wet cloth with a solvent-free degreaser. Wipe down thoroughly, and don’t forget baseboards!
Don’t Forget Your Windows
You will want to let all of that delightful sunlight in, so don’t forget to wash your window surfaces. Additionally, take down your window treatments and wash those as well. They are a prime location for dust and dirt to hide.
Make Sure You Hard Work Is Sealed In
Make sure the exterior of your home is in good working condition. Harsh winter weather can weaken the aspects of your home designed to keep the elements out. Identify and repair roof leaks. Clean out your gutters. Have a roofing contractor examine your flashing and shingle condition. Examine windows and skylights for weaknesses.
Good luck with your spring cleaning! And welcome to warmer weather(we’re hopeful).
I’m sure you all agree, we have had quite a brutal winter this year. The Polar Vortex brought a lot of freezing temps, snow, ice, and roofing woes to the Midwest along with it. We have been very busy repairing damages caused by ice dams and snow build up since it swept through, and so we decided that we would help our customers with a little bit of preventative maintenance for next winter. That’s why we will apply Ice and Water Shield to your roof for free when you sign a roofing contract before April 30th.
Protect Against Ice Dams With Ice and Water Shield
When a storm comes through and dumps a pile of snow on your roof, the results can be disastrous. The hot air inside the home will melt the snow, the water will run down your roof, refreeze, and cause ice dams that will collect in your gutters, underneath your shingles, etc. This pulls the fabric of your roof apart. When the ice begins to melt there will be a high chance of finding that melting ice dripping into your attic.
Putting an additional protective barrier between your roof and the elements will strengthen it’s resistance to the degrading effects of moisture, and prevent build up and roof leaks. There’s no reason why the roof you install shouldn’t protect your home for many years to come. Ice and water are deadly to the integrity of your roof. Applying free Ice and Water Shield to your new roof is just another way for us to say “Thank you for choosing Sherriff-Goslin” and to give you added peace of mind.
Get your roof ready for spring, summer, winter, and fall. Install a brand new Sherriff-Goslin roof and sign the contract before April 30th to receive Ice and Water Shield for free! It’s a great way to celebrate the coming of warmer weather.
Every homeowner knows that a well-functioning roof is a necessity to keep the weather, the critters, and miscellaneous debris out of your home. However, some get less excited about a new roof than, say, new kitchen cabinets. While we agree that every kitchen should have some great cabinets, there is no reason not to approach a new roof with the same enthusiasm! Your roof will be more than just functional. It will provide quite a few extra bonuses as well.
A Treat For Your Neighbor’s Eyes
An attractive roof is one of the main components of curb appeal. Not only will it invite the envy of your neighbors, but it will increase the value of your home. Remodeling Magazine released a 2013 Cost Vs. Value Report that showed a new roof increases your home’s value an average of $12,000. They also reveled that the ROI on a new roof was up to 63%.
Increased Energy Efficiency
A tightly sealed, fully functioning roof complete with new, improved insulation will help you keep the cool air in and the hot air out. This is not only good for the environment, but good for your pocketbook as well. Saving money on heating and cooling costs is one great unexpected bonus of a new roof.
You Will Keep the Mold Away
Both roof leaks and condensation are a nasty side effect of an aging roof. All of the excess moisture that seeps into your home will warp your ceilings and walls, soak your insulation, and provide just the right environment for mold and mildew to thrive. When mold enters your home it can ruin your property and affect the health of you, your children, and your pets. A new roof removes quite a bit of this risk, and gives you a little more peace of mind.
As you can see, there is more to your new roof than meets the eye. Hopefully, a few of these things will inspire you to approach your upcoming roofing project with excitement and enthusiasm.