Watch for weather damage to your roof
Extreme cold isn’t common in Oklahoma, but occasionally it gets below zero for a few days. And when it does, the results can be devastating to your roof. Leaks often happen after the cold has come and gone. When the freezing temperatures cause wood, concrete, bricks and mortar and even the caulking around your chimney to shrink and separate. As the snow and ice begin to melt away, tiny rivulets of water often find their way in between bricks, caulk and wood or even around your chimney.
Remember to check inside your attic for leaks around where your ventilation pipes and chimney cricket might allow for gaps. If you suspect leaks, don’t wait to call. Your home is your most important investment and protects you and protects your most valuable possessions.
Roof Inspections Check List
- Look for nails popping out. This is an indication that the roof is poorly ventilated. It’s said that up to 85% of roofs in the US are not adequately ventilated.
- Check to see if a gap has opened up around your chimney cricket (the V-shaped object behind your chimney).
- Go into your attic with a flashlight and sniff. If something smells dank or like mildew, call us ASAP.
- While you’re in the attic, look for stains, drips, or moisture.
- Look at your roof from your yard. You should see PVC pipes extending from the bathroom fans or kitchen vent along with your chimney, if you have one. Keep an eye out for leaks or even stains coming from these openings in your roof.
- Check gutter condition. Manufacturing plants put far more asphalt than they need, so look at your downspouts for an overabundance of granules clogging up the gutter and causing damaging overflow.
- When hanging your lights look for granules in your gutters – due to excessive rain or that your attic is so hot that the asphalt is coming off.
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