MCAS Roofing & Contracting recommends at least semi-annual roofing inspections. These should be done in the fall, to get ready for winter, and in the spring to get ready for summer. A professional roofer can assess the situation, determine necessary repairs, and recommend a full roof replacement if the roof is approaching the end of its useful lifespan.
What problems could potentially be uncovered with a Spring Roofing Inspection?
1) Missing Shingles: We have seen high winds this winter in Westchester NY. Already we have had customers in Mt Kisco, Bedford, and Yonkers that had shingles blown off. An owner can do a walk through of their property around the home or commercial building to see if there are any shingles laying around. Additionally they may be able to identify missing shingles with a ground view of the roof. Any missing shingles create a vulnerable area for further damage from moderate to high winds.
2) Clogged Gutters: Clogged gutters, or even breaks in the gutter pipes themselves, are inevitable after the winter here in Westchester NY. Gutters provide water with a safe path off your roofing. They should be cleaned immediately so as the snow melts it has somewhere to go. You otherwise run the risk of ice dams and leaks.
3) Bad Flashing: Is your chimney and roof flashing in good condition? This is generally something that only a professional roofer can assess because they know what to look for. As we have discussed, roof flashing seals the joints and seams in your roofing to prevent water penetration. Flashing should be a solid metal such as copper or aluminum. Any bad flashing should generally be replaced, not just covered with roofing cement. Ice dams may have damaged your flashing over the winter months.
4) Worn Shingles, Slate, Tiles, or Metal Roofing: The winters in the northeast are some of the roughest in the country. Older roofs are susceptible to seeing increasing wear and tear to their roofing materials as the useful life of the roofing material progresses. A Spring Roofing Inspection can help you to assess whether it is in your financial interest to repair the roof's material, or if a full roof replacement is more economical.
5) Rotted Plywood or Rafters: If water has penetrated your roof either this winter or in past winters chances are the plywood under the roofing materials or even the roofing rafters are rotted. It absolutely takes a professional roofer, such as MCAS Roofing, to determine if there is rot because the plywood is not visible under the roofing material. One way you can find clues is to go into your attic. Does it smell damp or moldy? Do you see any fungus on the rafters? If so there is a strong possibility of dry rot that must be quickly addressed. Poor roofing ventilation can also lead to rot.
These are the more common problems that can be uncovered during an inspection of your Westchester NY Residential or Commercial Roof. With a Spring Roofing Inspection from MCAS Roofing & Contracting, you will have the peace of mind to know that a licensed, professional roofer has assessed the situation. Staying on top of roofing maintenance and minor repairs will extend the useful life of your roof and save you money by preventing a minor problem from developing into a bigger one. ASK MCAS today to schedule a Spring Roofing Inspection by calling (914) 455-0976 or emailing Michael.Casolaro@mcasroofing.com. Hang in there folks, March is going in like a lion and out like a lamb. We will be on the beaches in the sun in no time! Don't let roofing issues take time away from your summer fun. Let MCAS Roofing & Contracting solve your problems now so you can relax and enjoy the warm weather.