Are You Doing Lights This Holiday? Inspect the Roof While Up There

A charming house adorned with a vibrant array of Christmas lights, illuminating the facade with festive warmth and holiday cheer.

A regular roof inspection to prevent big problems is a great idea, but one that most people don’t think about. Heritage Roofing, your local roofing contractor in Prescott, would like to suggest taking a look at your roof. While you’re up on the ladder putting up or taking down those holiday lights, this might be a good time to do a quick inspection yourself.

Here are just some of the things you should look for:

  • Cracked caulk or rust spots on flashing.
  • Shingles that are buckling, curling, or blistering.
  • Missing or broken shingles.
  • Cracked and worn rubber boots around vent pipes.
  • Missing or damaged chimney cap. (OK, that’s technically not part of your roof, but since you’re looking anyway.)
  • Masses of moss and lichen, which could signal the roof is decaying underneath. Black algae stains are just cosmetic.
  • Piles of colored grit from asphalt roof tiles in the gutters, is also a bad sign — those sand-like granules cover the surface of roof shingles and shield them from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays.

Some other early signs of trouble include:

  • Dark areas on ceilings.
  • Peeling paint on the underside of roof overhangs.
  • Damp spots alongside fireplaces.
  • Water stains on pipes venting the water heater or furnace.

If you find worrisome signs, especially if the roof is old or there’s been a storm with heavy wind or hail, get a professional assessment. Heritage Roofing offers a free evaluation and estimate. If you need a local Prescott roofing contractor, please give us a call at 928-910-2765 and we will have one of our licensed, bonded technicians provide you with an estimate.