time to do a winter-end check

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Real Estate Agent with Re/Max 10 New Lenox Illinois

Rich Hofeld a respected House Inspector reminds while this winter has been a relatively mild one in many regions, it is probably several months since you last paid attention to any outdoor maintenance. So within the next month or so it will be time to do a winter-end check to make sure everything is in order and your home is ready to withstand those pending spring-time showers.

One area that typically requires special attention at the end of the winter season is the roof. To identify possible roofing concerns, look for:

  1. Ceiling stains – A possible warning sign that your roof system needs repair or replacement. If localized, it may be an isolated point of roof damage or a flashing leak. Ceiling stains can also be associated with excessive attic moisture and/or ice dam conditions, which may require additional attic ventilation and/or insulation to prevent a recurrence. If there are stains on lower level ceilings, a plumbing leak could also be the cause.
  2. Loose or missing shingles – Any loose or missing shingles should be repaired or replaced immediately to avoid additional leakage and damage to the roof deck or interior of your home.
  3. Loose, lifted or cracked flashing – This is the sheet metal or other type membrane found at the base of chimneys and roof penetrations. Damaged flashing should be repaired or replaced to prevent leakage. Any open gaps should be sealed with roof cement.
  4. Lifted or curled shingles – This may be an indication the roof is worn and at or near the end of its service life, or, at the very least, makes it conducive to wind damage. If found just in an isolated area, spot replacement may be possible, but if widespread, get a professional opinion on the roof’s condition.
  5. Heavy granule buildup in gutters or at base of downspouts – The granules on roof shingles gradually wear away to the point where the underlying material is exposed over large areas. Once this happens the rate of shingle deterioration accelerates. If granule loss is excessive, it may indicate aging shingles that need replacement.

Any roof maintenance check should also include gutter cleaning. This is an area often not paid attention to until an overflow creates problems. Gutters need to be checked year-round to help avoid expensive water damage to the siding or house structure. Extensions or splash blocks at downspouts help divert water away from the house, avoiding soil erosion and infiltration through basement or crawlspace walls.  "Hofeld, Rich" <rhofeld@aol.com

If you have questions on your roof system, consider utilizing the services of a professional home inspector or qualified roofing contractor to determine conditions.

 

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Some nice tips on leaking roofs.  We have all seen what they can do.

Feb 28, 2012 02:19 PM #1
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Some very timely and important suggestions here, Dale.  Chicagoland homes were fairly lucky winter-wize this year, but it doesn't mean that routine maintenance should be overlooked ...

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Mar 01, 2012 10:12 AM #2
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Dale Taylor
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I was attending a neighborhood homeowner association meeting last evening and a neighbor commented on how she hadn't seen me much at the fitness center.  I explained to her the weather has been so mild, it has afforded me the ability to continue my daily 8 mile walks outside.  Now, if we can just get through the end of next week.  We may miss any further significant snow-falls.  This means the weather will allow us to get a jump start on those spring home maintenance goass hopefully!

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