The rainy winter weather in Northeast Florida won’t bring any snowy holiday dreams to life, but it can sometimes cause a roofing nightmare. Roof damage happens to Jacksonville homes every year, and this roof deterioration leaves ruined property and frustration in its wake. A well-maintained roof pays for itself in prevented damage, family safety, and peace of mind.
A simple inspection for obvious roof damage can tell you much about the state of your roof. Understanding what signs to look for is the key to an effective inspection. If you have any concerns about what you see, a consultation with a reputable roofer such as A.J. Wells Roofing Contractors can put your worries to rest.
Water Damage – More than Just Your Roof
Your roof doesn’t only protect the contents of your home from the elements. A solid roof shields the entire structure from the effects of harsh weather. When the integrity of your roof fails, it jeopardizes one of the largest investments you will make in your lifetime.
Water that slips past your roof can seep into the walls of your home, causing extensive water damage to drywall, wood trim, and insulation. This can expose your family to mold and other allergens, which may lead to compromised health. Water damage can also lead to unsightly stains in your interiors and detract from your enjoyment of your home.
Inspecting for Water Damage
Homeowners without roofing experience can still perform a basic inspection of their roof to spot obvious damage from storms, wind, hail or water. Always remember to take appropriate precautions when examining your roof for damage. Use a secure ladder in good repair, and watch for overhead power lines. Never inspect your roof on a rainy day, as the slickness of the roofing material may cause you to slip and fall.
Look for signs of obvious damage, such as missing, cracked or creased shingles,, tears in the shingles on your roof. Inspect your home’s flashing. If it has begun to deteriorate, rust, tear, or buckle, it may cause leaks in your roof. Improper flashing is a leading cause of water damages to roofs.
If your home has rain gutters, soffits, or chimneys, inspect these for possible deterioration. Rusted gutters with leaking seams may allow water into your home. Chimney flashing may tear or be rusted or deteriorated, which may lead to possible leaks around the chimney.
Water Damage Inside the Home
Once you have conducted your outdoor inspection, carefully examine the inside of your home. Homeowners with attics should take care to look over the attic ceiling for signs of damage. In homes without attic space, thoroughly examine your ceilings and walls for water stains, peeling paint, or moisture marks.
Call the Roofing Professionals
Regular inspections are vital to the health of your roof. Trained contractors who specialize in roofs can spot damage others might miss. They can also advise you on the best solution for repairs to prevent a serious home issue.
A.J. Wells Roofing Contractors takes pride in offering knowledgeable advice and excellent service to residents of Northeast Florida. Contact us today to inspect your roof for wind, hail and storm damage.