- Close Up - The Colony Magazine, Spring 2003.
Prevent major roof
damage during spring storms or at any time of the year by
checking your roof now for signs of potential trouble. The
major causes of roof damage in this area are sun, wind, hail,
and heavy rain. Major internal damage can be avoided if
homeowners look for the following possible problems.
- Missing shingles,
possibly blown off by wind, which allows water to seep into
- Damaged shingles, such
as bare spots caused by premature granular loss, hail damage
or tree limbs leaning on the roof.
- Shingle deterioration,
handfuls of granules found in gutters or the base of
downspouts are tell tale signs that composition shingles are
deteriorating. Also, note that with age shingles may split
and crack creating another potential trouble
- Cracked flashing around
any protrusions in the roof, typically plastic boots with
rubber seals are used and can crack over time allowing water
to easily penetrate the area.
- Exposed fasteners (nails
or staples), shingles should overlap each other covering the
fasteners used to adhere them; any stray fasteners should be
- Storm collars, usually
around gas vent stacks and chimneys, be sure they are in
position and properly sealed.
Homeowners should walk the
entire surface of the roof looking for the above signs of
potential damage. Ensure your safety while performing this
inspection by using a sturdy ladder and some type of
soft-soled shoe. It is also advisable to have another person
nearby acting as a look out or spotter and ladder support.
Carefully inspect all protrusions and how they are sealed.
Tree limbs should never lean or rest on the roof surface. They
will wear down the shingle and expose the roof decking to the
elements, which can cause extensive damage to the interior of
the house. Homeowners may also venture into the attic during
rainstorms to see if there are any visible signs of leaking
around pipes and vents. A homeowner should inspect their roof
about once a year for tree limbs, obvious shingle damage, and
cracked flashing. A professional should be called every 2-4
years for a more comprehensive inspection, less frequent for
newer roofs, more frequently as the roof
Len Langman Painting &
Len Langman - Owner/Operator
Tel: 972) 625-0721
Fax: (972) 767-3541