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Dallas Roofing: Article About Springtime Roof Inspection Checklist

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After a long, wet winter, a roof requires some special attention to fix damage that occurred during the cold months. When spring rolls around, Dallas roofing professionals are more than happy to provide homeowners with a thorough inspection and perform any required repairs.

The shingles are the first thing that should be inspected. Regardless of the type of shingles on the roof, they should be checked for any cracks, splits or other visible damage. If any shingles are missing or pieces of the shingle material is gone, homeowners need to cover the area with plastic, tarps or plywood until it can be repaired. If there were any ice dams over the winter, the shingles within 3 to 4 feet of the eaves should be carefully inspected. If any shingles are raised, that typically means the wood beneath has become saturated with water and needs to be replaced.

Gutters and downspouts can get clogged with leaves, dirt and other debris over the winter, especially if the weather was particularly windy. The gutters should always be cleaned before spring and the ensuing rains arrive.

The roofing experts at Total Roofing of Dallas can assist you with any questions regarding emergency repairs or gutters.

A typical home's gutters are exposed to hundreds of gallons of water in just one storm, so it's critical that they are open and draining well to prevent water from backing up onto the roof. The downspouts also need to be cleared to keep water from pooling near the foundation and entering the basement or crawlspace. These features need to be checked for any holes or cracks as well, or the water will leak from the gutter and drip down the walls of the home. If there is any visible damage, these areas require patching or replacement. Finally, the fasteners affixing the gutter to the roof's fascia should be inspected and tightened as needed. If the fasteners are loose, the gutters will rip off the roof and create significant damage.

The chimney and vent pipes require an inspection to ensure the flashing and caps surrounding their exit points are intact and watertight. Vent stack boots are the rubber fittings surrounding roof vents, and they prevent water from leaking between the vent and the shingles. Cold temperatures make the rubber crack, and they need to be replaced before moisture seeps in. The flashing around chimneys is vulnerable to damage and one of the most common areas for water leaks.

A spring roof inspection is quite easy if homeowners know what they're looking for. This quick inspection prevents a host of problems from occurring down the road.

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