Spring is the ideal time for home improvement projects. As soon as the harsh winter weather subsides, it’s time to inspect your home to be sure that it has withstood what Mother Nature brought.
Take a trip around your house outside to look for signs of potential issues. Take special note of gutters and downspouts that may be stained from water overflow, or separated from your home. Water that is allowed to seep behind gutters due to clogging or improper shingle installation can lead to costly leaks behind walls and windows. If you are able to see your roof, look for loose or missing shingles. Shingles that become displaced can allow water to enter through the roof into your home’s attic or behind walls. Often these leaks go undetected until the problem because major. If you are able to go on your roof, inspect the seals around vents and pipes. Again, breaches in seals can lead to leaks.
Also inspect your home’s windows and siding. Older windows in particular can have gaps in caulking around the frame that allows not only water in, but heat and air conditioning out. Siding that has become loose or is buckling can also signal a structural issue.
Another area to be inspected is your attic. Check for signs of water entry, and inspect the seals around venting and pipes. You should also take note of how much insulation is in your attic, as adding even a little insulation can have a big impact on your home’s energy efficiency.
When to Call a Pro
If you are not comfortable, or if you feel that it is not safe for you to go up on your roof, or get on a ladder to inspect second and third story windows, roofing, and gutters, you should contact a professional. A company who specializes in exterior home improvements knows exactly what to look for. A reputable company will give you an honest assessment and let you know what items should be addressed now and which ones to keep an eye on. As always, be sure that your home improvement professional is licensed and insured in your state.
To have the home improvement professionals at S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows assess your home, contact us at 866-836-ROOF today.