Roof Checkups Easy With Clues in Your Attic

Oct 09, 2017

Now is a good time for homeowners to survey their roof’s condition. “It’s important to properly maintain your roof because your roof is key to your home’s energy efficiency,” said Scott Cline, owner of J&B Construction. Even though it’s vital to inspect your roof, many homeowners are deterred by the idea of climbing a ladder 25 feet or so, especially in inclement weather. This is where your attic comes into play.

The space you’re probably using mainly for storage can substitute, as a fallback, for the eyeball roof check normally recommended to be done every pre-winter and spring. “Roofs actually create an insulated barrier that helps trap heat inside, and most attic spaces are located right below them,” Scott said. As a result, attics are ideal for spotting potential problem areas and damage without the worry of falling off a ladder.

The first clue to look for while you’re in your attic is water leaks. During a storm, shine a flashlight in the attic to check not only for dripping water and condensation, but also for water stains on the ceiling, walls, and floor. All of these indicate that water is finding its way beneath your roof’s shingles or behind its flashings.

Next is ventilation. Imagine your attic as the lungs of your home. Your attic has to be able to breathe in order to function properly. In other words, vents clogged with debris need to be cleaned.

Animal damage follows. Birds, bats, squirrels, and raccoons are all animals that have the potential of seeking refuge in your attic. In order to avoid the havoc they can create, call a pest-control professional if you spot any of these telltale signs: nests, droppings, and gnawed wood, wires, or insulation.

Last on the list are structural problems. Just the mere hint of a sagging roof can indicate potential structural weakness requiring professional repair.

“Remember, your roof takes care of you, so return the favor with a biannual roof inspection so you can identify any potential problems before they become serious,” Scott said.

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 The only complaint I have is when I have J&B do my roof in another 30 years or so, is Dave their sales man (a great guy) would not guaranty I could get the same great crew I had this time. They did a fantastic job. Much better than the last roofing company did. A nice bunch of guys. Did a very nice job cleaning up. I'd give them 10 stars but 5 is the limit. If you need a roof done this is the company you want to do it. One more point I need to make. The guys that did the chimney flashing are artists. I went up on the roof when they were done and was very pleased with not only the roofing job but the sculptured sheet metal work. It's kind of a shame it's on the roof and not hanging on the family room wall :). You get the point. Hire em. You'll like em. 
 We live in a historic designated neighborhood and recently had our 30 year wood shingle roof replaced with another wood roof and new gutters. From Day 1 of the project to the final day, the entire team was responsive, professional, and very competent. When some minor changes were proposed by us they quickly and effortlessly complied. After going through this experience with J&B, I would highly recommend them to anyone considering a roof and gutter replacement, whether it be a simple or complicated project. 
 J & B did an amazing job from start to finish. The initial meeting at my home took place exactly at the time that was agreed upon and Scott was thorough in his explanations and transparent about costs. When the time came to begin the project, the team that showed up was friendly, professional and timely in getting the project done. The cleanup afterward was such that it looked like they hadn't been there at all. The roof looks great, there were no surprises and Scott came by to inspect the work and explain the warranty upon job completion. I would highly recommend them. 
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