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    What Is Involved with a Professional Roofing Inspection?

    Last updated 6 years ago

    While it's a good idea to inspect your own roof every fall and spring, nothing is as comprehensive as an annual professional roofing inspection. This inspection will help you to detect problems with your roofing system early on and ensure that your roof maintains its integrity. With trained eyes and the proper equipment, your roofer will be able to identify any potential problems in your roofing system and give you an estimate on your roof’s remaining lifespan.

    • Shingle Inspection
      Your professional roofer will examine every aspect of your roofing system to see how it is aging. Shingles may begin to exhibit wear after 15 years or in the aftermath of severe storms or heavy winters. Hot summers can take their toll as well. Your roofer will inspect your shingles to see if there are any weak spots, which can compromise the integrity of the decking and underlayment beneath. Shingles with unusual wear or granule loss can point to moisture issues underneath your roof or excessive weakness due to ultraviolet radiation.
       
    • Attic Inspection
      Your roofer will inspect the inside of your attic to look for leaks or problems with your roof trusses.
       
    • Gutter Inspection
      Your roofer will also inspect your gutters to ensure that they are in good condition, because damaged gutters can lead to issues with your roof.
       
    • Flashing Inspection
      As a part of the professional inspection, your roofer will examine specific areas of your roofing system. This includes flashing and areas where chimneys or other structures meet your roofline. Leaks can occur in these areas and cause problems down the road.  .

    To learn more about what is involved during a professional roofing inspection, contact Fortress Roofing in Salt Lake City at (801) 205-6100 today. These inspections should be performed at least annually and can help extend the life of your roof.

    Professional Evaluation of Your Roof Condition

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Many types of roofing shingles can last 20 to 30 years, but several factors can shorten the lifespan of your roofing. Over time, natural conditions cause your roofing materials to expand and contract, which wears them down. Your roof should be inspected by a professional at least annually, and any roof over 15 years of age is a potential candidate for re-roofing.

    Learn about damaged roofs and shingles in this video. There are a few things you can do yourself. Inspect the inside of your home for signs of leaks, especially around chimneys, vents, and skylights. Inspect your shingles from the ground using binoculars to determine a general level of their condition. Your gutters and chimneys also offer their own signs that your roofing materials need replacement.

    Visit Fortress Roofing online to learn about our comprehensive roof repair services. You can schedule your roofing inspection for your Salt Lake City home by contacting us at (801) 205-6100.

    What to Do If You Detect a Roof Leak

    Last updated 6 years ago

    Roof leaks can be the bane of your roofing system. Without prompt attention, they can cause untold amounts of damage. Take these steps when you detect a roof leak to ensure minimal damages:

    • Call a Professional Roofing Company
      Signs of a leak include discolored ceilings, walls, or moist insulation in your attic. It doesn't matter if you have not yet found the precise location of the leak—visible water trails on your roof trusses can lead to the leak's origin. Even if you can't find a specific leak yourself, your professional roofer will be able to find and fix the problem.
       
    • Patch the Leak If You Can
      During inclement weather, it’s crucial that your leak is secure. Don't use permanent materials—try a type of emergency roofing or tarp to cover the leaky area. Always use caution if going up on your roof. However, if you do not feel safe patching the roof yourself, call an emergency roofer to help you fix the problem. 
       
    • Take Precautions Around Your Home
      If you're relatively certain that the leak is fresh, you should not have to worry too much about mold or mildew. You shouldn't need to replace vast amounts of attic insulation either, but it’s a good idea to have it inspected. If the leak has clearly been there for some time, you will want your professional roofer to verify the integrity of the structures around the leak to see if more extensive repairs are necessary.

    Roof leaks can be easily repaired by a qualified roofer when caught early; however, extensive repairs may be necessary for leaks that have been allowed to cause damage over time. Contact Fortress Roofing in Salt Lake City at (801) 205-6100 to report leaks in your roof and to have them repaired professionally and promptly.

    Understanding the Destruction That Can Result from an Unaddressed Roof Leak

    Last updated 6 years ago

    A pinhole leak in your roof can be a very minor problem that grows into a major issue. Roof leaks are often hard to detect and locate, and can cause extensive damage over the time they go unnoticed. This is why it is so important to have your roof inspected on an annual basis by a professional roofing company. It's also a good idea to have a professional give your roofing system a thorough check after any severe storms. Minor storm damage can be invisible to the average eye; however, it can still cause significant damage to the roofing system over time:

    • Moisture Damage
    Moisture infiltration is the largest problem associated with a roof leak. Once water has penetrated your home, it can cause rotting in your wood and drywall, compromising the structural integrity of your home. Moisture also fosters the growth of mildew and mold. When within your walls, it can even damage electrical systems.

    • Shortened Lifespan
    Roof leaks can shorten the lifespan of your roof. Shingles around the area of a leak can become brittle or moist and eventually begin chipping away. If your shingles are compromised, the materials underneath, including your roof decking and underlayment, become exposed. A layer of felt under these layers can help prevent a leak from penetrating into your attic, but nail holes or damage caused by hail will penetrate even these areas. Roof leaks that originate around gaps or other spaces in your roofing structure, such as under flashing or around chimneys, can then access the inside walls of your home.

    The best way to prevent a roof leak is through early detection. Fortress Roofing in Salt Lake City can provide your annual roofing inspection to catch leaks before they can damage your roof or home. Contact us at (801) 205-6100 for additional information today.

    4 Common Places Where Older Roofs Can Develop Problems

    Last updated 6 years ago

    With the right roofing contractor and materials, most roofs will age gracefully. However, over time, the effects of sun and weather will begin to take their toll on your roof. Annual inspections by your professional roofer can help to extend the life of your roof, but eventually, every homeowner will be faced with problem areas that require repairs or re-roofing:

    1. Around Flashing and Seams
    At the places where your roof joins with other structures, such as your chimney, vents, or skylights, you are likely to experience leaks if your seams are worn. Look for signs of separation between your chimney and roof structure or cracks and gaps around your flashing to determine if you have a problem.

    2. Near Gutters
    Your gutters play an important role in maintaining your roof's integrity. Gutters can become clogged and pull away from the roof structure. Both wet and dry rot are common along the areas where your gutters meet your roof; therefore, worn gutters can lead to rot and damage. Properly maintaining your gutters can help your roof last longer.

    3. On Roof Surfaces
    It is important to keep an eye on the overall appearance of your roof. Look out for areas of cracked or pulled up shingles, missing shingles, and shingles that are losing their granules.

    4. Above Your Attic
    Inside of your attic, you may find signs of roof leaks. These signs can include trails of water leading down trusses or spots of wet insulation. Holes in your roof may allow sunshine to show through, which can make them easier to spot.

    These are just a few of the most common areas where problems can begin to develop in roofs more than 15 years old. Contact Fortress Roofing in Salt Lake City at (801) 205-6100 if you would like to learn more about locating these problems and having them repaired.

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