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Are you doing lights this holiday? Inspect the Roof While Up There

Heritage Roofing REcommends Checking the Roof Whie Putting Up or Taking Down LightsA 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.

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