Fall Home Maintenance

Did you know roof damage can happen at any time of the year whether it’s during the cold rainy winter months or dry heat over the summer. Now that the summer has come to an end and the rain has begun to fall, you’ll start noticing the damage whether it be mold or active leaks in the attic.

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Here are few things to look for:

Check the chimney for cracks or damaged/missing flashing. In the winter this can be potentially serious if water gets trapped in cracks in the mortar, it will freeze, expand and cause more damage to the chimney.

Missing shingles expose your roof deck to the elements. If you notice spots where shingles appear to be missing, it may be an indication that you have water leaks. This is where an attic inspection is helpful in identifying leaks.

Inspect the attic for water damage or mold. Leaks and improper ventilation allow moisture to build up int he attic and cause mold growth.

Damaged, rotted or blistered shingles should be inspected and repaired immediately.

Smooth or deteriorated shingles indicated that the shingles have most likely reached the end of their productive life. The granules on the roofing shingles are what protect the roof system from the elements.

Moss and algae growth can build up under shingles and allow water to get in causing leaks.

Gutters need to be cleaned out regularly, not just during the fall months when the majority of leaves are falling from trees. If the water gets trapped in debris on the roof, or can’t run freely through the gutter system, it will find a way into your home.

 

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Don’t hesitate to contact a professional. Putting off necessary repairs can end up being costly in the end. Protect your most valuable investment and get a free estimate from a professional contractor. Mark’s Custom Exteriors will provide a thorough estimate of your roofs condition, take accurate measurements and inspect the attic to ensure there are no active leaks for free! Give us a call to set up your free estimate at 503-397-2215 or submit our online consultation request form below.