Your Spokane roof is one of the most underappreciated parts of your home. It protects the home and the people who live inside of it from heat, snow, rain, and debris driven by wind. Severe weather conditions can accelerate the aging of your roof, but under normal circumstances, there are ways you can help slow down the process by taking the proper steps proactively.

Check trees near your roof line

The main role of your home’s roof is to keep things out. A leaky roof can often be hard to spot before it does serious damage. Water inside your walls and ceiling can cause mold, rotted wood or sheet rock damage. To start you can check for leaks after a heavy rain storm. Visually check all of your room ceilings for discoloration, usually in the form of a brown or yellow stain.

Insure the health of your shingles

Asphalt shingles contain extremely small granules made from glass pellets that is meant to reflect the sun.  If the shingles are damaged, the material underneath them can be harmed by the sun.  The sun damage erodes the material and makes your roof more prone to leakage.  Sometimes you can tell this is occurring when you see small glass granules by the bottom of where your gutter system empties. If you spot curling, blistering, or cracked shingles, you should have a professional check the roof for further damage and to assess if you need a full roof replacement or not.

Moss or lichen growing on your roof is also a common problem.  It mostly grows on roofs that have a lot of shade and do not get a lot of direct sun.  The main issue the moss can cause is that it helps moisture stay on the roof and breaks down the material of the shingles. It can also grow under the corners of shingles and start to lift them up off the roof, exposing the underneath materials.   An annual inspection and removal of moss is a good idea, you can also trim trees that cause the shade, exposing it to more direct sun, where moss has less success growing.

Clean and check your gutters often

Clogged gutters can lead to many problems with the roof.  Gutters can get clogged by leaves, branches and other debris causing an overflow of water that can damage the roofing, soffit, and provide a breeding ground for mosquitoes, rodents, mold and even bees. Make sure you clean your gutters and downspouts regularly for the health of your roof. The fascia is the board that holds the gutters on and should also be inspected for damage.

Inspecting the soffit area of your roof

Soffit is one of the least talked about areas of the roof, but very important. It is located on the underside of the roof line and serves as an air intake for ventilation. The main purpose of this is to keep the roof cool while the sun is beating down on it.  This helps the roof last longer. Small animals love to climb from high nearby branches and chew through soffit to get to the attic.  Be sure to visually inspect this yearly at a minimum.  Trimming nearby trees is also a good idea.

Sometimes during a routine roof inspection you come across many of the problems that might necessitate an entire new roof installation.  If this happens to you, give 20/20 Exteriors a call.  We have roofing experts that can assess your roof needs and provide a free estimate for your home.