Preparing Your Home For Winter: Roofing System
If you do not wish to conduct the following inspection, please contact Montell Construction for a Free Roofing Inspection. Our representatives will examine your roofing system and make detailed notes on the following:
Roofing System Inspection: First – start out with checking your shingles for any signs of – curling at the corners, blister (bubbling), fallen or missing shingles or significant granular loss. If your roof is difficult to see, you should use binoculars or use a ladder for a closer inspection. Second – you should look for your “pitch line” to determine if your roof is dipping. You can accomplish this by simply standing in your yard and aligning your low point (gutter edge) and your high point (roof apex). Third – if you have any valleys in your roof, pay special attention to them and look for any cracking or deformation. Fourth – look at your roofing vents, skylights, and chimneys for any possible issues or concerns.
Gutter System Inspection: When inspecting your gutter system, you want to make sure the gutters have a steady drop to the downspouts. If you have any dips in the gutters, it will hold water and ice – eventually collapsing them. Make sure to keep your gutters properly cleaned from debris such as leaves. During the winter time, the breakdown of leaves and debris will add additional weight in which can harm your gutters and even you’re Fascia.
Attic Ventilation System Inspection: First – Start by examining your “air intake” which is located on the exterior of the home often in your Soffit. These vents should be clear of all debris, paint and insulation. Second – Once you have completed that inspection, you can adventure into your attic – note the temperature outside first. When in your attic the first thing that you should check is the temperature (not yours from climbing over boxes). If the outside temperature is 70 degrees, your attic should be no more than 80 degrees. You want no more than a 10 degree fluctuation. If you do… you do not have proper intake. Third – with a flashlight, examine the wood decking above. Look for any signs of moisture or wood turning grey/black. These are signs of rotten wood and need to be addressed. Be sure to pay attention to valleys and chimneys as they are most prone for leaks. Fourth – look at your insulation and measure its depth. The recommended depth of insulation is 14 – 16”. Fifth – look up at your vents, Can Vents or Ridgevent. Your vents should be free from any debris.
Thanks, Chad McNew
If you have noticed any issues, please contact our team for a Free – No Obligation Estimate! 616-805-4966
Next week we will address: Winter Window Checklist